Information for Participants

Brock-Niagara Centre for Health & Well-Being

Information for Participants

Spinal cord injury can increase your risk of several diseases and conditions. Fortunately, some of these risks, such as the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, are partially reversed with long-term exercise training.

Spinal cord injury can also limit your function and independence. Fortunately, long-term exercise can also improve any voluntary muscle function you currently have. This can increase your independence and quality of life, and possibly reduce your need for attendant care.

Dealing with a spinal cord injury can be very difficult socially and psychologically. This is true for the injured individual as well as for family and friends. Long-term exercise training has been shown to improve psychological well-being in many people with spinal cord injury, and at our facility, we respect those improvements as an important part of your rehabilitation.

Our facility is accessible in every way – including the atmosphere that we are proud to maintain. Our program and our volunteers will enhance your ABILITY while respecting your disability.

Your exercise program
• Your exercise program will be constructed based on your own health and functional goals.
• Your exercise will be progressive (it will become more and more challenging as you make improvements) and it will be supervised/assisted in a one-on-one fashion by a trained student volunteer.
• For a description of our accessible exercise equipment please click on the link Our Facility


Arrangements can be made on case-by-case basis for those who cannot afford membership fees. 

Also, if you would like to make a donation, we would be happy to receive it.

Becoming a research participant
From time to time, we will be conducting various research studies regarding the effects of exercise after spinal cord injury. You have no obligation whatsoever to participate in such studies. If you would like to participate, you will have the opportunity to do so, provided you are eligible for that particular study.

The Facilities
• The Power Cord Exercise Program is located in the Brock Research and Innovation Centre at 130 Lockhart Drive, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2T 1W4. For directions please click here.
• The program is located in a 1800 square foot room that contains many pieces of state of the art wheelchair accessible exercise equipment.
• The facility also has a fully accessible shower, and a separate wheelchair accessible washroom
• You will receive one-on-one assistance with your exercise from a friendly, knowledgeable and well-trained staff
• You are also welcome to come with a family member or attendant, if you wish, to help with your exercise
• Parking is free