McMaster Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE)
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PACE: McMaster PACE is a specialized exercise training and research Centre where our scientists, students, and staff are devoted to improving health and well-being among older adults and people living with chronic disease or disability. PACE activities share the mission and vision of McMaster University and focus on the achievement and demonstration of excellence and leadership in research, education, community engagement, and knowledge translation. The PACE is home to state-of-the-art laboratories where exercise physiologists, neuroscientists, and exercise psychologists work together to study and enhance the benefits of exercise for people with chronic health conditions and disability. Research initiatives at PACE are supported by talented and internationally renowned faculty. Community exercise programs are provided by a team of Registered Physiotherapists, Registered Kinesiologists, Certified Exercise Physiologists, and McMaster undergraduate students. Each year, over 250 student volunteers assist staff in monitoring exercise tolerance and adherence among PACE participants. McMaster experiential education courses provide students with the opportunity to develop professional skills alongside PACE’s health-care professionals.
Community Exercise Programs: There are five community-based exercise programs at the PACE: the MacSeniors Exercise and Wellness Program, which offers supervised aerobic and resistance training sessions for individuals 55 years of age and older, the MacCardiac Rehabilitation Program, which offers exercise-based rehabilitation for people with heart disease, the MacWarriors Cancer Exercise Program, which offers physiotherapy services and supervised exercise sessions for people living with cancer, the MacMS-FITT Exercise Program for people who have Multiple Sclerosis, and the MacWheelers Exercise and Wellness Program for individuals living with a spinal cord injury. Exercise and exercise rehabilitation play an important role in the recovery and maintenance of health, as well as the reduction of symptoms among people with chronic conditions. The PACE programs strive to promote disease management through exercise and support our clients to live healthier lives and enable their participation in the community beyond PACE and McMaster University.
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