Next Level Coaching – Building an Effective Leadership Style

Coaches, in a nutshell, are educated leaders who influence people to work towards a specific goal. Effective leadership in sport requires knowing the best approach for assisting players based upon their level of skills and motivation, and transforming that knowledge into a dynamic environment for learning and success. There is no right way to be a leader but there are various behaviours and...Read more

Lift like a Girl – Weightlifting for Women

With the ever increasing popularity of Crossfit, obstacle course racing (Spartan, Warrior Dash and mud runs) and a few great marketing campaigns - check out #liftlikeagirl and This Girl Can - women are heading to their local gym and hitting the weight room more than ever before. Weightlifting is one of the best ways to increase metabolism, build bone density, reduce weight and blood pressure, as...Read more

“You are what you eat” - Fueling up for Competition

Knowing what to eat and when to eat for sports can seem like a science. Don’t let all the information out there leave you frazzled and hungry. For the everyday athlete a little preparation can make it very simple! The phrase “you are what you eat” is true. Nutrition can play a key role in the final minutes of a game or race. Over time the body becomes fatigued during exercise. In order for...Read more

Getting psyched for sport - Mental fitness strategies for the aspiring athlete

Mental fitness plays a large part in training and performance. There will be times when an athlete makes a mistake (or consecutive mistakes), is competing against an opponent that has outperformed them in the past, or the conditions of play are not what was expected. Being mentally fit encapsulates many different areas of training and competition but in a nutshell, it’s the ability to ignore...Read more


SIRC is pleased to be working together with Sport Canada to share current research on topics informing policy and promoting quality sport programming. This week we are sharing highlights of a recent article explores the RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AMATEUR ATHLETES’ LEISURE LIFESTYLE AND SPORT DROPOUT. Leisure Lifestyle and Dropout: Exploring the Experience of Amateur Athletes in Competitive Sport ...Read more

The Diabetic Athlete

More than 382 million people worldwide, and 10 million Canadians, are living with Diabetes Mellitus, more commonly known as diabetes . There are three different types of the chronic disease, but most athletes seem to have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 is when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin for the body, and Type 2 is when the cells in the body fail to respond to insulin...Read more

Getting Physical! Engaging Seniors in Sports

Whether you are young or old, sports are an incredible way to strengthen friendships, meet new people, and to stay healthy. There are many physical and mental health benefits of active aging and lifelong sport participation. Statistics Canada shows that young Canadians between the ages of 15-19 are participating in sport at a 54% rate, whereas only 17% of seniors are engaged. Why is there such a...Read more

Get the students moving! Physical activity and the classroom

The link between physical activity and academic achievement has always been an area of research that science has been keen to explore. It's great to know that there is a positive association in sport participation and grade point averages, but that's not the only benefit you can get by joining in the fun. Studies have shown that the mental skills gained through sports have a positive effect on...Read more

Celebrating the Year of Sport with the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games!

Starting July 10-26 through to August 7-15, Toronto and its surrounding communities will be the proud hosts of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games . It's the world’s 3rd largest international multi-sport Games with over 10,000 athletes, 20,000 volunteers and 41 nations participating from the America's and the Caribbean and is just one of a series of exciting events happening during the Year of...Read more

Recruit a friend! The benefits of a workout buddy
Sometimes motivating yourself to workout can be tough and even the most dedicated person has days where they would rather sit on the couch and watch a movie. That's why recruiting a workout buddy to join you in your chosen activity is one of the smartest moves you can make and may be the difference in whether or not you succeed in your goals. When you are first choosing a partner to train with,...Read more