The connection between women’s health and sports has been studied for many years and recently it was translated into practice. As one of the first football clubs to incorporate research on women’s health into training and nutrition regimes, Chelsea Football Club Women partnered with bio-analytics company Orreco to monitor players’ menstrual cycles to enhance performance and reduce injuries.
Sport programs have great potential to support the healing and recovery of injured and ill military personnel and their families. In fact, military personnel and their families alike benefit when sport programs recognize, appreciate and cultivate a sense of belonging for military families. Here are some tips to integrate military families into sport programs, which include: inviting them to participate in programming, including them in celebrations and reserving priority “VIP” seating for them at competitions.
Integrated knowledge translation is an approach that promotes collaboration between researchers and sport and physical activity stakeholders. As part of the research team, stakeholders can expect to have input on the research project, ensure it is relevant to their community, and contribute to distributing findings beyond academic audiences.
Creative approaches to data collection can be useful for sport organizations to evaluate the effectiveness of youth programs. For example, movement-based methods use the structure or rules of a game to gather feedback from youth about their experience. They can also double as a program activity, helping to save time and keep kids on task. Read more in the SIRC blog.
Project Echo is an online platform dedicated to listening to the lived experiences of persons with disabilities in sport and physical activity. Through online discussions with the Para sport community and key stakeholders, researchers hope to identify opportunities for user-informed decision-making related to programming, services, language, and infrastructure that support persons with disabilities in the sport and physical activity sector post-pandemic.
Women are often underrepresented in snow sports, such as skiing and snowboarding. One way to attract new participants, especially women, to snow sports is to promote wellbeing outcomes. This can include the creation of spaces to facilitate new social connections among women in the sport.