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Researchers have reported that people in many professions (e.g., professional athletes, coaches, law enforcement officers, family physicians and surgeons) commonly employ mental imagery and find it to be a useful aid when completing the behaviours common to their profession (Hall, 2001; Jedlic,...
SSHRC PDG awarded 2014: Merely participating in youth sport does not systematically lead to positive developmental outcomes. Research shows it is necessary to intentionally target social contextual factors --such as organizational structure, coaches, parents, and peer interactions-- to promote...
The purpose of this study was to explore personal and social benefits associated with participation in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ). Sixteen participants (2 head instructors and 14 athletes; M age = 33.8 years, M duration of involvement in BJJ = 5.5 years) participated in individual semi-structured...
SSHRC awarded in 2015: An estimated 51% of Canadian children aged 5-14 years regularly participate in youth sport , making it a fundamental feature in the lives of almost two million children and their families. Parents invest substantial amounts of time and money to support their children's...
Recently, a new wave of gaming known as active gaming or exergaming has shown it can be an educationally functional and enjoyable method of learning within areas of the curriculum which highlight dance or other individual activities. This study aimed to better understand the impact dance and...
Physical education (PE) spaces can marginalize students, particularly low-skilled or female students, and reinforce gender stereotypes. While there has been a recent movement toward teaching games for understanding (TGFU) and physical literacy development in PE, there are still many physical...
The purpose of this exploratory research study was to examine the phenomenon of alienation in physical education from the perspectives of children. Of particular interest were children’s perspectives about the three constructs of alienation: powerlessness, meaninglessness and social isolation as...
SSHRC IG awarded 2018: This Aboriginal and community-based, participatory research project aims to co-create knowledge about the holistic (emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual) benefits to Indigenous youth of participating in northern games, and to identify factors that might be modified to...