Facility Info

Disability Access Services

Recreation offers many fitness and recreational opportunities for our students, employees, alumni and public. Persons with a disability who have a permanent injury impacting mobility and/or functional ability have access to all of the facility features offered at Recreation and can request a 40% discount off the monthly and annual public memberships.

Learn more about Mount Royal University's initiatives at the Adapted Physical Activity Hub.

Accessing MRU RecBoth levels of Rec have elevator access and have additional features so that persons with a disability can enjoy our various facilities, including:

1. a motorized lift in the Aquatic Centre 2. wheelchair accessible change rooms and showers
3. adaptive equipment in the Climbing Centre 4. a variety of fitness equipment highlighted below
Featured Accessible Equipment at Rec (corresponding images below)
Multi-functional and allows for a variety of exercises. It's pistol grip height adjustments enable adjustment of start height with one hand, essential for amputees and stroke users. The two large stability handles provide wheelchair and other user with the ability to stabilize when performing unilateral (single arm) exercises. 
The chest press has an upright seat back support which allows wheelchair users to maintain stability with heavier weights. This machine works predominately your pectoralis major which lies at the front of the chest wall. The other muscles involved are your anterior deltoids (front of your shoulders) and triceps.
FES is a rehabilitation technique that uses pulses of electrical current to stimulate peripheral nerves (the lower motor neurons that connect the spinal cord to muscles) generating muscle contractions and patterned muscle activity. FES is applied using adhesive pads place over the muscle to be activated.

FES creates patterned movement in the arms, legs and trunk.  In people with weak or paralyzed muscles, FES enables muscles to work and perform activities.  In addition, even if the individual may not be able to consciously participate, FES can facilitate muscle contractions and activity.

The benefits you will experience through FES therapy include:
  • reversal of muscle atrophy
  • improved local blood circulation
  • increased range of motion
  • reduced muscle spasticity
  • neuromuscular re-education 
Users are able to adjust the bar handle height, as well as the knee restraint to maintain full flat foot contact on the floor. While the latissimus dorsi is the primary muscle worked, the biceps and muscles of the forearm act as helpers.  Several muscles of the rotator cuff also assist as you pull the bar down.
The chest press has an upright seat back support which allows wheelchair users to maintain stability with heavier weights. This machines works predominately your pectoralis major which lies at the front of the chest wall.  The other muscles involved are your anterior deltoids (front of your shoulders) and triceps.
The raised stretching mat allows wheelchair users the ability to transfer safely to the mat to perform core exercises, a wide range of floor exercises as well as flexibility training.  Individuals with limited mobility or anyone who has difficulty getting down to the floor or back up can benefit from the raised mat as well.  
Upper Body Ergometers are designed for you to strengthen and condition your upper body, as well as get a cardiovascular workout, by only using your arms. 

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