Developing Executive Functions and Social Emotional Learning through Sport

This blog was adapted from a SIRCuit article written by Dr. Vicki Harber. For the full article, click here . Within Canada, there is some concern that an ethos of “winning at all costs” has infiltrated youth sport, degrading the quality of the sport experience resulting in reduced participation (Brenner, 2016) and increased injury (Jayanthi et al., 2013). Building psychological, cognitive, social...Read more

Concussion Risks in Your Sport May be Greater Than You Think

For the athletes in this sport, the concussion risks are real even if brain injuries are rare. It may sound a bit counter-intuitive, but for Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC), concussion education has become a key part of its safety program for a simple, but critically important reason. “Just because we don’t see many concussions in our sport doesn’t mean we can ignore the risks,” says Scott Best,...Read more

Warmth or Competence: Do parents value one more than the other in competitive youth sport coaches?

Competence and warmth are two of the fundamental dimensions which we often judge other people (Kervyn, Bergsieker, & Fiske, 2011). Traits such as friendliness, helpfulness, sincerity, trustworthiness, and morality, all contribute to someone’s perceived warmth (Fiske, Cuddy, & Glick, 2007). In contrast, traits such as intelligence, skill, creativity, and independence all contribute to...Read more

How the Sport of Ringette is Putting a Values Lens on the Concussion Issue

Every sport organization faces tough decisions around where to channel its limited budget and human resources. “It’s no different in ringette, but we’ve found that by putting our values first, it can actually make decisions easier,” according to Natasha Johnston, Executive Director of Ringette Canada . “That’s one of the main reasons why we’ve put so much emphasis on concussions because one of...Read more

The Role of Motives in the Transition from Youth Swimming to Masters Swimming

Masters sport is a great way for adults to have fun and stay active. Dionigi (2015) identified three categories of masters athletes, based on their pathway into masters sport. “Late bloomers” are those who don’t start participating in sport until adulthood. “Continuers” are those who began their sport involvement as youth and never stopped. Finally, “rekindlers” are those who participated in...Read more

Balance for Better: Gender Equity in Sport Leadership Benefits Everyone

CAAWS Roundtable with Minister Duncan

- November 2018

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been towards gender equity in sport leadership, but also to remind the sport sector that we still have work to do to ensure that women’s voices and opinions are equally valued and represented. This year’s international theme for March 8 is #BalanceforBetter - encouraging everyone to work towards a more gender-balanced...Read more

Sport Insight: The rule change that revolutionized curling

SIRC’s Sport Insight series features blogs and articles that examine innovation and evolution in the sport landscape. It started as a practice drill between two brothers and grew into the rule that transformed the sport of curling: the Free Guard Zone rule. Russ Howard, one of the best skips in Canadian curling history, is credited with devising the first version of the rule in the 1980s – and it...Read more

Resolving conflict: The power of dialogue and authentic apology

Healthy conflict is an important part of productive work relationships, but the moment that conflict morphs into something more insidious, issues ensue. In the world of sport we often praise a win-at-all-costs approach to any challenge. When a prospective opponent faces us, we put up our fists, ready to defend our territory. Has this mentality permeated our approach to communication and...Read more

Athlete Perspective: How to manage social media during competition

SIRC’s Athlete Perspective series provides insight and recommendations on key issues from an athlete’s perspective. The collection of blogs and SIRCuit articles profiles Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes and taps into their lived experience. While social media can have many positive uses for athletes, such as interacting with fans, creating a brand, and providing value for sponsors,...Read more

Teaching life skills through sport

This blog is the second in a series by the authors on positive youth development in sport. Check out the first blog, Tips on how to deliver a quality youth sport program . Sport is often celebrated as a platform through which to develop life skills, such as communication, teamwork, and respect. Approaches to develop these skills fall into two categories: Implicit approaches - where the inherent...Read more