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World Transplant Games


The next World Transplant Games will be held in Newcastle Gateshead, UK from Aug 17-24, 2019

More information is available from the World Transplant Games website: 

Canadian Transplant Games

The Canadian Transplant Games are held every two years and are hosted by the Canadian Transplant Association. The purpose of the Games is to increase organ & tissue donation in Canada and beyond, to demonstrate the active and healthy life that is achievable after transplant, to thank donor and donor families for their gift of life and to raise awareness and educate the public on organ & tissue donation. These Games are open to all transplant recipients, regardless of whether or not they are athletes. For information visit

CAN-RESTORE in the news

John Rost, a double lung transplant receiver and blogger, talks about Dr. Sunita Mathur and CAN-RESTORE's roles in his recovery here.

The McGill Faculty of Medicine Electronic Newsletter, Med e-News, has a story about CAN-RESTORE and the Canada Transplant Games.

Articles of Interest by


NEW Position Statement on exercise for solid organ transplant candidates and recipients













See a video summary of this article here -


​Physical rehabilitation for lung transplant candidates and recipients: An evidence-informed clinical approach.

Wickerson L, Rozenberg D, Janaudis-Ferreira T, Deliva R, Lo V, Beauchamp G, Helm D, Gottesman C, Mendes P, Vieira L, Herridge M, Singer LG, Mathur S. World J Transplant. 2016 Sep 24;6(3):517-31.

  • Summary: This review provides a practical approach to rehabilitation based on research and clinical practice at our transplant centre. It focuses on functional assessment and exercise prescription during an uncomplicated and complicated clinical course in the pre-transplant, early and late post-transplant periods.

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Physical activity in solid organ transplant recipients: Participation, predictors, barriers, and facilitators.

Gustaw T, Schoo E, Barbalinardo C, Rodrigues N, Zameni Y, Motta VN, Mathur S,3, Janaudis-Ferreira T. Clin Transplant. 2017 Apr;31(4)

  • Summary: This study describes the physical activity (PA) levels, predictors, barriers, and facilitators to PA in solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients using web-based questionnaire sent to members of the Canadian Transplant Association including the Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE), and questions regarding barriers and facilitators of PA.

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Meeting report: consensus recommendations for a research agenda in exercise in solid organ transplantation.

Mathur S, Janaudis-Ferreira T, Wickerson L, Singer LG, Patcai J, Rozenberg D, Blydt-Hansen T, Hartmann EL, Hawkowsky M, Helm D, High K, Howes N, Kamath BM, Lands L, Marzolini S and Sonnenday C. American Journal of Transplantation. 2014;14(10):2235-45.

  • Summary: This report provides a summary of a two-day meeting held in Toronto where a multi-disciplinary group of clinicians, researchers, administrators and patient representatives engaged in knowledge exchange and discussion of key research gaps in exercise training and rehabilitation in solid organ transplant.

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The World Transplant Games: An incentive to improve physical fitness and habitual activity in pediatric solid organ transplant recipients.

Deliva RD, Patterson C, So S, Pellow V, Miske S, McLister C, Manlhiot C, Pollock-BarZiv S, Drabble A and Dipchand AI. Pediatric Transplantation. 2014;18(8):889-95.

  • Summary: This study explored the impact of training for the World Transplant Games (WTG) on levels of health-related physical fitness and habitual activity in pediatric transplant recipients. It was determined that the WTG can provide a positive incentive for greater levels of physical activity and promote improvements in physical fitness levels.

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Exploring relationships among distress, psychological growth, motivation, and physical activity among transplant recipients.

Segatto BL, Sabiston CM, Harvey WJ and Bloom GA. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2013;35(24):2097-103.

  • Summary: This study examined the relationships among transplant-specific psychological growth and distress, motivational regulations and health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) in transplant recipients. The findings demonstrated that a mix of stress and growth following transplantation was related to physical activity motivation and behaviour.

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Accelerometry-based physical activity and exercise capacity in pediatric kidney transplant patients.

Clark CG, Cantell M, Crawford S, Hamiwka LA. Pediatric Nephrology. 2012;27(4):659-65.

  • Summary: This goal of this study was to determine physical activity levels in pediatric transplant recipients. The data revealed that pediatric transplant recipients were not only inactive, but the activity they performed was overall of low intensity. Additionally, these transplant recipients showed compromised exercise capacity and physical fitness. These findings suggest a need to explore barriers to physical activity in transplant recipients.

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The exercise-during-hemodialysis program: report on a pilot study.

Ridley J, Hoey K and Ballagh-Howes N. Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists. 1999;9(3):20-6.

  • Summary: In exploring the effectiveness and feasibility of an exercise program in a hemodialysis centre, this pilot study found that exercise during a dialysis program is safe and has the potential to result in positive patient outcomes.

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Other Articles of Interest 


Exercise training in solid organ transplant recipients: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Didsbury M, McGee RG, Tong A, Craig JC, Chapman JR, Chadban S and Wong G. Transplantation. 2013;95(5):679-87.

  • Summary: This article compiled the data from multiple studies to assess the health benefits and harms of supervised exercise training programs in transplant recipients. The findings revealed that exercise training is a promising intervention for improving the cardiovascular outcomes of this population. It also determined that most of the studies to date have been small, of short duration and focused on surrogate outcomes – this highlights a need for larger-scale studies.

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Past Exercise &
Transplant-Related Events

Fit for Life – Education Day

On April 8, 2017 CAN-RESTORE in collaboration with Fit for Life and Canadian Transplant Association-Ontario, hosted Join the Movement - Fit for Life Education Day for transplant recipients to learn about exercise and share their experiences on goal setting and motivation. Fit for Life is a health living program of the World Transplant Games Federation. Dr Claude LaFlamme, a kidney transplant recipient and Canada’s ambassador for the Fit for Life program launched the event.


You can view the recordings from the day at the links below.


Dr. Claude LaFlamme, Canadian Ambassador for Fit for Life, discusses the benefits of exercise and the Fit for Life Program of the World Transplant Games Federation:


Grey Brett, liver transplant recipient and martial arts athlete discusses goal setting for exercise and physical activity:


Maxine Featherstonehaugh, liver donor and marathon runner, discusses how to stay motivated to exercise and meet your personal goals:

Research Updates

Dr. Sunita Mathur (physical therapist and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto) and Sandra Holdsworth (liver transplant recipient), Co-leads for Project 7 of the Canadian National Transplant Research Program, discuss the research program on long-term outcomes and quality of life in transplant recipients. Dr. Janet Madill and Justine Horne (PhD student), registered dietitians and researchers from Brescia University College – Western University discuss their new study on nutrigenomics and weight management post-transplant.


Seminars at the Canadian Transplant Centres

“Exercise in Solid Organ Transplantation: Current Evidence and Future Directions”

Drs. Tania Janaudis-Ferreira and Sunita Mathur visited the largest multi-organ transplant centres in Canada and presented about the best available evidence for exercise training and evaluation of physical function in solid organ transplant. This initiative was funded by a Dissemination Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Presentations were conducted at centres in Montreal, Toronto, London, Edmonton, Vancouver and Halifax between April 2014 and April 2016.

Download a copy of the presentation.

Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP) Training Webinar


“Exercise in Solid Organ Transplantation: Current Evidence and Future Directions”

This training webinar will be presented by Drs. Tania Janaudis-Ferreira and Sunita Mathur and will include information on the best available evidence for exercise training and evaluation of physical function in solid organ transplant.

Educational Symposium on Physical Activity and Exercise in Transplant Recipients


This symposium was held in Toronto in Oct 2015 to help raise awareness regarding the importance of exercise and physical activity in adult and pediatric transplant recipients. Topics included the how to exercise safely and effectively,  injury prevention, nutrition and training for sports.


The event was co-hosted by the University of Toronto, the Hospital for Sick Children, University Health Network and St. Michael’s Hospital and will be funded by the Toronto Transplant Institute Education Innovation Grant.


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