Sport Participation for Elite Athletes with Physical Disabilities: Motivations, Barriers, and Facilitators

To increase the number of individuals with disabilities participating in adapted sport it is relevant to determine the motivations and athletic development of those who do participate in sport through to the high performance level. Despite a number of research studies examining motivations, facilitators, and barriers to sport for persons with a disability, the research on those competing at an...Read more

Regulating Pre-performance Psychobiosocial States with Music.

SIRC Highlights from the Study Study background: For athletes at high levels, the ability to control one’s mind in the moments leading up to performance is a key element of pre-performance preparation. Music has been used by many athletes as a way of addressing pre-performance states in a variety of ways. Some use it as a way to calm their nerves, some use it to psych themselves up, some use it...Read more

SIRC hosts the 11th annual Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI) Conference!

About SCRI 2017 Despite sport having endless benefits for your health, social well-being, and everyday life, many individuals are still hesitant to participate. In order to resolve this itching problem of how to get more people involved in sport, we must answer why . What is preventing them from participating? What are the barriers that youth, persons with disabilities, seniors, men and women,...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 reviewing a research study examining CANADIAN NATIONAL SPORT ORGANIZATIONS’ USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA. "Birds of a Feather": An Institutional Approach to Canadian National Sport Organizations'...Read more

9th Annual Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI) Conference – Engaging Sport Leaders, Policy Analysts and Researchers

Conference Background In 2005, as part of the Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI), Sport Canada launched a joint initiative with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) called the Sport Participation Research Initiative (SPRI) . Sport Canada funds the initiative to better evidence the benefits of, and barriers to, quality sport participation with the aim of...Read more

Keeping the Momentum

Whether you’re planning a March break getaway or already thinking ahead to summer vacation, a little time away can be the highlight of your year. Travel typically involves departing from your daily routine which can include your workout or training schedule . Sometimes a break in training can be seen as a setback in the hard work you've put into reaching your fitness goals. Keeping up training...Read more

Can Deception Improve Athletic Performance?

When we're trying to climb a particularly steep hill, or run those last few kilometers in the marathon, we often try to trick our minds into ignoring any possible aches and pains or believing that those distances are shorter than they seem. If we use it in the context of making an effort seem easier, is it possible to use deception to make performance better? According to an interesting res earch...Read more

University of Toronto Gets Green Light for New Sports Lab

The Faculty of Physical Education and Health at the University of Toronto has announced that the build is on for a dazzling new sports lab facility geared towards high performance sports science research. With inspiration and direction from the previous Dean of Physical Education and Olympian, Bruce Kidd , the The Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport will open its doors in 2014 in downtown...Read more

SIRC at AthletesCAN Forum

To kick off a new partnership Jaime McLean, SIRC 's Project Coordinator, is attending the AthletesCAN Forum which is being held at the Westin Edmonton Hotel, September 15-18. SIRC is onsite to help familiarize and answer questions from the AthletesCAN members. This partnership provides our athletes with easy access to the most comprehensive competitive and training resources; a sport librarian to...Read more

2011 SIRC Research Award

Call for Papers SIRC (Sport Information Resource Centre) is proud to announce the official launch of the 2011 SIRC Research Award and the SIRC Research Development Award. SIRC invites Canadians associated with a Canadian University or degree granting institution to submit their original sport related research for consideration of the 2011 SIRC Research Award. SIRC Research Award The SIRC Research...Read more