Sport Psychology PLAYS Research Group

Sport Psychology

PLAYS Research Group

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Dr. Côté

My research interests relate to the developmental and psychosocial factors that affect sport and physical activity performance and participation. I am interested in the complex interaction of children, parents, and coaches in the development of talent and in the achievement of personal excellence. The purpose of this research is to identify variables and behaviours within families, performers, and coaches that create favourable conditions for excellence, participation, and personal development in sport. To accomplish this task, I utilize various qualitative and quantitative methodologies including unstructured and structured interviews, observation, video-task analysis, and questionnaires.

Dr. Martin

My research interests lie in the general area of sport psychology with a particular focus on group dynamics principles. More specifically, I am interested in the psychosocial influences present in sport and physical activity settings, and how individuals’ can be influenced by, but can also influence the groups to which they belong. My current projects involve the investigation of group processes such as cohesion, cliques, social identity, and leadership on both individual and team level outcomes in child/youth and elite sport populations. Generally, the main focus is to develop a better understanding of certain psychosocial factors that can be used to inform interdisciplinary and policy relevant research aimed at enriching the sporting environment.

Ongoing projects/grants

Transformational Coaching in Sport (Dr. Côté - PI)

This SSHRC funded work involves a a transformational coaching workshop for youth sport coaches.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant

Quality Participation in Disability Sport (Dr. Côté - Co-Investigator)

This is an interdisciplinary SSHRC funded project involving several institutions and partner organizations, led by Dr. Kathleen Martin-Ginis from The University of British Columbia, Okanagan. The general aim is to obtain a greater understanding of quality participation in sport for individuals with a disability.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant

Social Identity and Moral Behaviour in Youth Sport (Dr. Côté & Dr. Martin - Co-Investigators)

This SSHRC funded grant is led by Dr. Mark Bruner at Nipissing University, and involves novel technologies and intervention strategies to assess and improve perceptions of social identity, and subsequent moral behaviour in youth athletes.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant

Team Dynamics in Child and Youth Sport Teams (Dr. Martin - PI)

This SSHRC funded project involves the investigation of various team processes (e.g., cohesion, cliques) in child and youth sport populations.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant