Research Studies

The Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association is proud to support research studies that impact our wheelchair sport community and athletes. Please see below for current research studies that you may be able to support or participate in:

The National Physical Activity Measurement (NPAM) Study for children and youth with physical disabilities.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities in collaboration with the University of Toronto, York University, and the University of British Columbia.

The purpose of the NPAM study is to measure the daily movement behaviours (i.e., physical activity, screen-time, and sleep) of children and youth (ages 4 to 17 years) with disabilities across Canada. We are trying to understand how children and youth with disabilities spend their time being active and engaging in other daily behaviours. We are also interested in understanding the psychological well-being of children and youth with disabilities. By understanding how children and youth with disabilities currently move, spend their time, and feel, we hope to better understand the impact of physical activity programming, and how such programming can be improved to further promote physical activity and play among all children with youth with disabilities. The information gained from the NPAM study will play a key role in informing the development of effective, evidence-based physical activity policies and programs to better serve Canadian children and youth with disabilities.

If you have any questions about the research please feel free to get in touch with the Principal Investigator (Dr. Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos) at or at 416-978-2725, or the Research Coordinator (Ms. Ritu Sharma) at

The Role of Interorganizational Relationships in Grassroots Parasport Organizations.
University of Waterloo, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

The study explores elements that are critical to maintaining and enhancing organizational partnerships between community parasport organizations and their external partners. We are also interested in understanding how these partnerships may help organizations improve their capacity and fulfill their mandates.

The interview would take approximately 45 minutes and the data collected will contribute to a better understanding of the reason for engaging in interorganizational relationships and the impact these relationships have on the overall capacity of your club. All information will be confidential and any quotations used will be anonymous.

The time frame for interviews is October 23-November 15, 2017.

If you would like to participate please contact lead researcher Mamie Sealey-Baker at or 519-998-7764

Exploring the Factors that Shape Athletes’ Experiences in Parasport
School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University

Coach Nomination Form

Nominated coaches who agree to participate will be provided with financial compensation for their time. We anticipate this study will help us to better understand the coaching strategies that lead to quality sport experiences for athletes with physical disabilities.

If you have any questions about this study or would like to submit a nomination, please contact lead researcher Veronica Allan by phone at 613-449-4958 or e-mail at

Physical Activity Research Study
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

SCIO is looking for individuals who:

  • Have paraplegia
  • Have sustained an injury 1 year prior
  • Have the intention to become physically active in the next 2 months
  • Have access to a computer
  • Speak and understand English or French
  • Are not receiving in-patient rehab services
  • Require a mobility device (wheelchair, walker, cane)

Participants will receive compensation for the study at the three time points.


Dr. Shane Sweet
514-398-4184 or 514-264-1586

For further information or research submissions please contact