SSIRG Projects


Bob Barney

Areas of Research
  • Sport history
  • Olympic history
  • The economics of the Olympic Games
Current Research
  • The Gold in the Rings: The People and Events that Transformed the Olympics
    The fascinating financial history of selling the Olympics. Once a showcase for amateur athletics, the Olympic Games have become a global entertainment colossus powered by corporate sponsorship and professional participation. Stephen R. Wenn and Robert K. Barney offer the inside story of this transformation by examining the far-sighted leadership and decision-making acumen of four International Olympic Committee (IOC) presidents: Avery Brundage, Lord Killanin, Juan Antonio Samaranch, and Jacques Rogge. Blending biography with historical storytelling, the authors explore the evolution of Olympic commercialism from Brundage's uneasy acceptance of television rights fees through the revenue generation strategies that followed the Salt Lake City bid scandal to the present day. Throughout, Wenn and Barney draw on their decades of studying Olympic history to dissect the personalities, conflicts, and controversies behind the Games' embrace of the business of spectacle. 
Recent Publications
  • Stephen R. Wenn and Robert K. Barney, The Gold in the Rings: The People and Events that Transformed the Olympics (Champaign-Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2020), 420 pp.
  • Nevada Cooke and Robert K. Barney, “Preserving the American Way”: Gerald R. Ford, the President’s Commission on Olympic Sports, and the Fight against State-Funded Sport in America,” in Defending the American Way of Life: Sport, Culture, and the Cold War, Toby C. Rider and Kevin B. Witherspoon, eds. (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2018), pp. 67-82, Notes, pp. 244-247. (Preserving the American Way won the prestigious North American Society for Sport History’s Annual “Best Anthology Published in 2019 Award.
  • Robert K. Barney, “Emerging Discourses and Olympic Bids: To Host or Not to Host, That is the Question! The Benefits and Detriments for Urban Populations in Weighing a City’s Decision to Bid for Hosting Olympic Summer Games,” Journal of Emerging Sports Studies (e-journal), Volume 2, 2019, pp. 1-3.
  • Robert K. Barney and Michael H. Heine, “`The emblem of one united body . . . one great sporting Maple Leaf’: The Olympic Games and Canada’s Quest for Self-identity,” Sport in Society (Special Issue: The British World and the Five Rings: Essays in British Imperialism and the Modern Olympic Movement), Vol. 18, No. 7, September 2015, pp. 918-834.
  • Robert K. Barney, “`One Great Sporting Maple Leaf ‘: Bobby Kerr and the Debut of a Canadian Symbol,” Journal of Olympic History, Vol. 22, No. 3, 2014, pp. 49-55.
  • Robert K. Barney and Stephen R. Wenn, “Selling Image and Exposure: The Rise of Olympic Commercialism,” in Olympics – Past and Present, Andreas Amendt, Christian Wacker, Stephan Wassong, eds. (Munich/London/New York: Prestel Verlag, 2013), pp. 276-285.

Glen Robert Belfry

Areas of Research 
  • Physiology and Biochemistry of Exercise, Training and Performance
Recent Publications 
  •  Increased cerebral blood flow supports a single-bout postexercise benefit to executive function: evidence from hypercapnia. Tari B, Vanhie JJ, Belfry GR, Shoemaker JK, Heath M.J Neurophysiol. 2020 Sep 1;124(3):930-940. doi: 10.1152/jn.00240.2020. Epub 2020 Aug 5.PMID: 32755360
  • High-Intensity 10-s Work: 5-s Recovery Intermittent Training Improves Anaerobic and Aerobic Performances. Belfry GR, Paterson DH, Thomas SG.Res Q Exerc Sport. 2020 Dec;91(4):640-651. doi: 10.1080/02701367.2019.1696928. Epub 2020 Mar 26.PMID: 32213044 Clinical Trial.
  • Exercise and Executive Function during Follicular and Luteal Menstrual Cycle Phases. Dirk KL, Belfry GR, Heath M.Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2020 Apr;52(4):919-927. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002192.PMID: 31652244
  • Physiological resolution of periodic breath holding during heavy-intensity Fartlek exercise. Lim DJ, Kim JJ, Marsh GD, Belfry GR. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2018 Dec;118(12):2627-2639. doi: 10.1007/s00421-018-3986-9. Epub 2018 Sep 11.
  • A post-exercise facilitation of executive function is independent of aerobically supported metabolic costs. Heath M, Petrella A, Blazevic J, Lim D, Pelletier A, Belfry GR. Neuropsychologia. 2018 Nov;120:65-74. doi:j.neuropsychologia.2018.10.002.
  • The effects of short work vs. longer work periods within intermittent exercise on V̇o2p kinetics, muscle deoxygenation, and energy system contribution. McCrudden MC, Keir DA, Belfry GR. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2017 Jun 1;122(6):1435-1444. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00514.2016. Epub 2017 Mar 23.
  • Differing six minute pacing strategies affect anaerobic contribution, oxygen uptake, muscle deoxygenation and cycle performance. Murray J, McCrudden M, Murias JM, Nolte V, Belfry GR. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2018 Jan-Feb;58(1-2):17-26. doi: 10.23736/S0022-4707.16.06825-0. Epub 2016 Dec 16.
  • Effects of Novel Supramaximal Interval Training Versus Continuous Training on Performance in Preconditioned Collegiate, National, and International Class Rowers. Richer SD, Nolte VW, Bechard DJ, Belfry GR. J Strength Cond Res. 2016 Jun;30(6):1752-62. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001274.

Karen Danylchuk

Areas of Research
  • Sport marketing
  • Leadership
  • Women in sport
  • Participation in sport
Recent Publications
  • Kluka, D., Goslin, A., Lopez de D’Amico, R., & Danylchuk, K. (Eds.). (2020). Managing sport across borders. Routledge.
  • Riggin, B., Danylchuk, K., Gill, D., & Petrella, R. (2019). Social impact of a corporate social responsibility initiative. Sport, Business and Management, 9(4), 344-362. doi: 10.1108/SBM-10-2018-0094.
  • Blunt, W., Gill, D. P., Sibbald, S. L., Riggin, B., Pulford, R. W., Scott, R., Danylchuk, K., Gray, C. M., Wyke, S., Bunn, C., Petrella, R. (2017). Optimization of the Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT) weight loss and healthy lifestyle program for male hockey fans. BMC Public Health, 17(1). doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4926-z, PUBH-D-17-02655R1.
  • Baker, R., Danylchuk, K., Gillentine, A., Jonson, P., Pitts, B., & Zhang, J. (2017, January). Internationalized sport management education: Bridging the gaps. In B. Pitts, & J. Zhang (Eds.), Global sport management: Contemporary issues and inquiries (pp. 18-37). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Danylchuk, K., & Grbac, D. (2016). International student-athletes in Canadian Interuniversity Sport: Motivations and experiences. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 9(1), 50-72.
  • Danylchuk, K., Stegink, J., & Lebel, K. (2016). Doping scandals in professional cycling: Impact on primary team sponsors’ stock performance. International Journal of Sport Marketing and Sponsorship, 17(1), 37-55.
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Alison Doherty

Areas of Research
  • Management and governance of non-profit and voluntary sport, particularly at the community level
  • Organizational capacity and capacity building
  • Safe and inclusive sport
  • Volunteerism in sport organizations and sport events
Current Research
  • Multiple influences to effective youth sport concussion management
    This project will map the landscape of youth sport concussion management in Canada, identifying and integrating the variety of forces at the individual, interpersonal, organizational, regulatory and societal levels that influence concussion awareness and removal from play.
  • A strategic approach to strengthening capacity for girls and women in sport
    This project includes the doctoral research of Swarali Patil and focuses on developing a “business case” for gender equity in sport, and promoting women in sport through building financial capacity and organizational empowerment.
Recent Publication
  • Schlesinger, T., & Doherty, A. (2021). The utility of certification for managing the state-voluntary sport club relationship: An agency theory perspective. Managing Sport and Leisure, 26(1-2), 116-132.
  • Millar, P., & Doherty, A. (2021). Readiness to build capacity in community sport organizations. Managing Sport and Leisure, 26(1-2), 22-40.
  • Doherty, A., Millar, P., & Misener, K. (2020). Return to community sport: Leaning on evidence in turbulent times. Managing Sport and Leisure.
  • Millar, P., Clutterbuck, R., & Doherty, A. (2020). Understanding the adoption of long-term athlete development in one community sport club. Managing Sport and Leisure, 25, 259-274.
  • Doherty, A., & Cuskelly, G. (2020). Organizational capacity and performance of community sport clubs. Journal of Sport Management. 34(3), 240-259. IF 2.359 Hanlon, C., Millar, P., Doherty, A., & Craike, M. (2019). Building capacity of community sport clubs to increase female participation. Leisure Sciences.
  • Hanlon, C., Millar, P., Doherty, A., & Craike, M. (2019). Building capacity of community sport clubs to increase female participation. Leisure Sciences.
  • Harman, A., & Doherty, A. (2019). Psychological contract in the volunteer youth sport coach environment: The community sport club perspective. Managing Sport & Leisure, 24(5), 321-338.
  • Doherty, A., & Taylor, T. (2019). International sport management: The way forward. In E. MacIntosh, G. Bravo, & M. Li (Eds.), International Sport Management (2nd ed.) (pp. 385-394). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Clutterbuck, R., & Doherty, A. (2019). Organizational capacity for domestic sport for development. Journal of Sport for Development, 7(12), 16-32.
  • Doherty, A., & Patil, S. (2019). Reflections on major sport event volunteer legacy research. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 11(S1), s34-s42. Selected for inclusion in the Olympic World Library
  • Millar, P., & Doherty, A. (2018). “You can’t just start and expect it to work”: An investigation of strategic capacity building in community sport organizations. Journal of Sport Management, 32(4), 348-361. IF 2.169 [Featured in Human Kinetics Publisher Sport Management News Fall 2018]
  • Harman, A., & Doherty, A. (2017). Psychological contract fulfillment for volunteer youth sport coaches. International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 17(1/2), 94-120.
  • Millar, P., & Doherty, A. (2016). Capacity building in nonprofit sport organizations: Development of a process model. Sport Management Review, 19, 365-377.
  • Doherty, A., & Rich, K. (2015). Sport for community development. In M.T. Bowers & M.A. Dixon (Eds.). Sport management: An exploration of the field and its value (pp. 124-145). Urbana, IL: Sagamore. [ISBN 978-1-57167-726-6]

Lisa Fischer

Areas of Research
  • Multidisc research on dx and mgt strategies for concussed athletes
  • Guideline development: Management of Persistent Symptoms post TBI
  • Research collaborations with the London Brain Consortium
  • Representative for the ONF on the Canadian Concussion Collaborative
Current Research
  • Concussion Electronic Data Capture System. The purpose of this study is to create one centralized research database of concussion patient and healthy baseline control information at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic to be used for future research into the SCAT5, a common diagnostic tool for concussion. This database will have the potential to be used in future research studies to evaluate the psychometric properties of the SCAT5 which can be used to inform clinical practice in the area of sport-related concussion.
Recent Publications
  • Manning KY, Llera A, Dekaban GA, Bartha R, Barreira C, Brown A, Fischer L, Jevremovic T, Blackney K, Doherty TJ, Fraser DD, Holmes J, Beckmann CF, Menon RS. Linked MRI signatures of the brain’s acute and persistent response to concussion in female varsity rugby players. Neuroimage: Clinical, 2018 Dec 3: S2213-1582(18)30375, Coauthor, Available from:, DOI: 10.1016/j.nicl.2018.101627.
  • Moir ME, Balestrini CS, Abbott KC, Klassen SA, Fischer LK, Fraser DD, Shoemaker JK. An Investigation of Dynamic Cerebral Autoregulation in Adolescent Concussion. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 2018 Nov 1; 50 (11): 2192-2199, Coauthor, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001695.
  • Webb B, Humphreys D, Heath M. Oculomotor Executive Dysfunction during the Early and Later Stages of Sport-Related Concussion Recovery. J Neurotrauma, 2018 Aug 15; 35 (16): 1874-1881, Collaborator, DOI: 10.1089/neu.2018.5673.
  • Woehrle E, Harriss AB, Abbott KC, Moir ME, Balestrini CS, Fischer LK, Fraser DD, Shoemaker JK. Concussion in Adolescents Impairs Heart Rate Response to Brief Handgrip Exercise. Clin J Sport Med, 2018 Aug 13; 10 (12), Coauthor, DOI: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000635.
  • Schranz AL, Manning KY, Dekaban GA, Fischer L, Jevremovic T, Blackney K, Barreira C, Doherty TJ, Fraser DD, Brown A, Holmes J, Menon RS, Bartha R. Reduced brain glutamine in female varsity rugby athletes after concussion and in non-concussed athletes after a season of play. Hum Brain Mapp, 2017 Dec 21; 38 (12), Coauthor, DOI: 10.1002/hbm.23919.

Craig Hall

Areas of Research
  • Sport, exercise and rehabilitation psychology
  • Imagery, self-efficacy, motivation, self-presentation and exercise identity
  • Masters athlete participation
  Current Research
  • Studying social benefits of sport for older adults
    Four members of SSIRG, Craig Hall, Alison Doherty, Angela Schneider and Glen Belfry, were awarded a two-year $20,000 grant from the Faculty of Health Sciences in the 2018 Emerging Team Grant competition. The objective of the research is to determine what benefits adults aged 65+ obtain by participating in competitive sport. Initial findings suggest these older adults report enhanced physical, psychological, cognitive, and social benefits from Masters sport participation.
Recent Publications
  • Kaperski, C., Ulloa, R., & Hall, C. (2019). Do athletes imagine being the best, or crossing the finish line first? A mixed methods analysis of construal levels in elite athletes’ spontaneous imagery. Journal of Mixed Methods Research,13,216-241.
  • Kouali, D., Hall, C., & Pope, P. (2018). Examining an adapted version of Ryff’s Scales of Psychological Well-Being in Sport. Baltic Journal of Health and Physical Activity,10, 189-201. doi: 10.29359/BJHPA.10.4.18
  • Filgueiras, A., Quintas Conde, E. F., & Hall, C. (2017). The neural basis of kinesthetic and visual imagery in sports: an ALE meta-analysis. Brain Imaging and Behavior.
  • Gregg, M., & Hall, C. (2017). Imagery as a skill: Longitudinal analysis of changes in motivational imagery. Imagination, Cognition and Personality: Consciousness in Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice, 37, 448-457. doi: 10.1177/0276236617735101
  • Westlund Stewart, N., & Hall, C. (2017). The effects of cognitive general imagery training on decision-making abilities in curling: A single-subject multiple baseline approach. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29, 119-133.

Michael Heine

Areas of Research
  • History of Indigenous physical activity practices
  • Indigenous traditional games documentation in the circumpolar regions
  • Gwich'in cultural history
  Current Research
  • Rediscovery of on-the-land physical activity practices as cultural reaffirmation for Gwich'in youth
  • Strength and Hope Perspective applied to indigenous traditional games practices
Recent Publications
  • Heine, Michael & al. (2019). Gwichya Gwich'in Googwandak. The History and Stories of the Gwichya Gwich'in. 3rd edition. Inuvik, NT: Department of Cultural Heritage, Gwich'in Tribal Council.
  • Wassong, S., M. Heine & R. Hess (eds.) (2019).  Sport Development and Olympic Studies. London: Taylor & Francis.
  • Heine, Michael. (2018). “Olympic Commodification and Civic Spaces at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games: A Political Topology of Contestation.” International Journal of the History of Sport, 35/9: 898-910.
  • Heine, Michael. (2018). "Olympic Indigeneity at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame," in: Heine, Michael, Barney, Robert, Misener, Laura (eds.) Global Faultlines in Olympic and Paralympic Sport. Fourteenth International Symposium for Olympic Research. London, ON: ICOS, 37-38.
  • Heine, Michael, (2018). Barney, Robert, Misener, Laura (eds.) Global Faultlines in Olympic and Paralympic Sport. Fourteenth International Symposium for Olympic Research. London, ON: ICOS. 124 pp.
  • Wassong, Stephan, Heine, Michael, Hess, Robert. (2018) “Introduction: Olympic Studies and Sport Development,” “Special Issue: Sport Development and Olympic Studies: Past, Present and Future,” International Journal of the History of Sport, 35/9: 803-804.
  • Forsyth, J., Heine, M. (2017). ‘The Only Good Thing that Happened at School’: Colonising Narratives of Sport in the Indian School Bulletin. British Journal of Canadian Studies. 30/2: 205-225.

David Howe

Recent Publications
  • Pullen, E., Jackson, D., Silk, M., Howe, D., & Silva, C. (2020). Extraordinary Normalcy, Ableist Rehabilitation, and Sporting Ablenationalism: The Cultural (Re) Production of Paralympic Disability Narratives. Sociology of Sport Journal, 1(aop), 1-9.
  • Quinn, N., Misener, L., & Howe, P.D. (2020). All for one and one for all? Integration in high performance sport. Managing Sport and Leisure.
  • Howe, P. D. (2018) 'Paralympic sport and social justice: Toward a happy marriage or difficult separation?’ in Watermeyer, B., McKenzie, J. and Swartz, L. Palgrave Handbook for Disability Citizenship in the Global South. London: Palgrave.
  • Howe, P. D and Silva, C. F. (2018) ‘The fiddle of using the Paralympic Games as a vehicle for expanding [dis]ability sport participation.’ Sport and Society: Culture, Commerce, Media, Politics. Vol. 21(1) 125-136.
  • Howe, P. D. (2018) ‘Athlete, Anthropologist and Advocate: moving toward a lifeworld where difference is celebrated’ Sport and Society: Culture, Commerce, Media, Politics. Vol.21(4) 678-688. http://doi/full/10.1080/17430437.2016.1273628
  • Howe, P.D. and Silva, C. F. (2017) ‘Challenging “Normalcy”: possibilities and pitfalls of Paralympic Bodies’ in South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation. Vol. 39(1-2): 191-204.
  • Howe, P.D. and Silva, C. F. (2017) ‘The Cyborgification of Paralympic Sport’ in Movement & Sport Sciences.

Peter Lemon

Areas of Interest 
  • Macronutrient (CHO, FAT, PRO) ingestion timing and exercise performance
  • Food supplements and health and/or exercise performance
  • Training and exercise performance
  • Exercise and body composition changes
Recent Publications 
  • Quinones MD, Lemon PWR (2019). Hydrothermally modified corn starch ingestion attenuates soccer skill performance decrements in the second half of a simulated soccer match. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab Apr 29:1-7. doi: 10.1123/ijsnem.2018-0217. [Epub ahead of print]. PMIID: 30747551
  • Bandegan A, Courtney-Martin G, Rafii M, Paul B. Pencharz PB, Lemon PWR (2019). Indicator amino acid oxidation protein requirement estimate in endurance-trained men 24h post-exercise exceeds both the RDA and current athlete guidelines. Am J Physiol (Endocrinol Metab) 316(5):E741-E748. (doi: 10.1152/ajpendo.00174.2018. Epub 2019 Feb 19). PMID: 30779631

Laura Misener

Areas of Research
  • Social impacts of sporting events
  • Sport and events as tools for increasing sport participation
  • Policy analyses and cross-cultural comparative politics of sport and leisure
  • Intersections of sport, physical activity, and health promotion
  Current Research
  • Project #1: Major Sport Events and Parasport Participation: Investigating Post-Event Opportunities and Experiences
    This project examines the impact of major parasport events on sport participation for persons with physical disabilities in the host city once the event is complete. The research aim is to understand the multifaceted experiences of participating in sport.
  • Project #2: Examining the event-leveraging cross-sector partnership in post-event era
    This project examines the collaborative formation, processes, structures of relationships, and leadership of event-leveraging cross-sector partnership in post-event era. It is expected that this project would provide insight into how such a collaborative group might continue to pursue strategic objectives in post-event era. 
Recent Publications
  • Quinn, N., Misener, L., & Howe, P.D. (2020). All for one and one for all? Integration in high performance sport. Managing Sport and Leisure.
  • Misener, L., McPherson, G., McGillivray, D., & Legg, D. (2019). Future of parasport events… separate but equal?. In Leveraging Disability Sport Events: Impacts, Promises, and Possibilities (pp. 124-140). Routledge.
  • Chen, S., & Misener, L. (2019). Event Leveraging in a Nonhost Region: Challenges and Opportunities. Journal of Sport Management, 33(4), 275-288.
  • Rich, K., & Misener, L. (2019). Playing on the periphery: troubling sport policy, systemic exclusion and the role of sport in rural Canada. Sport in Society, 22(6), 1005-1024.
  • Rich, K. A., & Misener, L. (2019). Get active Powassan: developing sport and recreation programs and policies through participatory action research in a rural community context. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 1-17.
  • Chen, C., Mason, D. S., & Misener, L. (2018). Exploring Media Coverage of the 2017 World Indigenous Nations Games and North American Indigenous Games: A Critical Discourse Analysis. Event Management, 22(6), 1009-1025.

Eva Pila

Areas of Research
  • Body image and physical self in sport
  • Emotions, mental health and well-being related to physical activity
  • Women’s psychosocial experiences in sport
  Current Research
  • Athletes Embodied Program. Developing, disseminating and evaluating a sport-specific body image and disordered eating prevention program in partnership with National Eating Disorder Information Centre. (SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant)
  • Targeting weight stigma with self-compassion in sport. Understanding and alleviating girls’ experiences of weight stigma and negative body-related evaluation in sport, and examining how self-compassion inductions may help alleviate the negative impact of stigma in girls’ sport experiences and participation. (SSHRC Insight Development Grant)
Recent Publications
  • Pila, E., Epp, M.G., & Kowlaski, K.C. (In Press). Considerations of Measurement Quality in Quantitative and Qualitative Research Approaches in Sport Psychology. In Schinke, R.J., & Hackfort, D. (Eds.), International Society for Sport Psychology Encyclopedia.
  • Sabiston, C., Pila, E., & Gilchrist, J. (2019). Self-conscious emotions and the physical self. In R. Eklund & G. Tenenbaum (Eds.), Handbook of Sport Psychology. (4th Edition, pp.299-319). Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley.
  • DeJonge, M., Mackowiak, R., Pila, E., Crocker, P.R., Sabiston, C.M. (2019). The relationship between sport commitment and physical self-concept: Evidence for the self-enhancement hypothesis among adolescent females. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37, 1-8.
  • Pila, E., Murray, S.B., Le Grange, D., Sawyer, S., & Hughes, E. (2019). Reciprocal relations between dietary restraint and negative affect in adolescents receiving treatment for anorexia nervosa. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 128(2): 129-139
    Sabiston, C., Pila, E., Vani, M., Thogersen-Ntoumani, C. (2019) Body image and physical activity: A scoping review. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 42, 48-57
  • Pila, E., Castonguay, A.L., Stamiris, A.A. & Sabiston, C.M. (2014). Body-related envy: A social comparison perspective in sport and exercise. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 36, 93 – 106.

Mac Ross

Areas of Research
  • Sport and Communication
  • Sport and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
  • Sport for Development
  • Social History of Sport
  • Sport and Gender
  • Sport and Race
Recent Publications
  • MacIntosh Ross and E.K. Nagel, "More than a Miracle: The Korean War, Cold War Politics, and the 1960 Olympic Hockey Tournament," International Journal of the History of Sport 35, no. 9 (2018), 911-928.
  • MacIntosh Ross, Thomas Fabian, and Courtney van Waas, "Cultural Reproduction and Resistance at the Rinks: Roller-Skating and the Americanization of California, 1867–90," Journal of Sport History 46, no. 1 (2019), 5-19.
  • MacIntosh Ross. "In Pursuit of a National Olympic Team: James G. Merrick and the 1920 Canadian Olympic Track and Field Trials," Olympic Perspectives. Eds. Stephan Wassong, Richard Baka, and Janice Forsyth (London: Routledge, 2017).
  • MacIntosh Ross. "The Boxing Boys in Blue: Gloved Sparring and Bare-knuckle Prizefighting in the Union Army, 1861-1865," Journal of Sport History 44. no 3 (2017), 438-455.
  • Kevin B. Wamsley & MacIntosh Ross (2016). "Sport and Masculinity." The Routledge History of American Sport. Eds. Linda J. Borish, David K. Wiggins, and Gerald .R. Gems. London: Routledge, 2016.

Carla Filomena Silva

Areas of Reseach
  • Research at the intersection between movement activities, social justice, and human development
  • Cultural impact of the Paralympic movement and disability sport
  • Holistic impact of participation in movement activities for people with disabilities
Current Research 
  • PASCCAL (Paralympics social change and cultural impact). A multinational project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK. This research seeks to advance these benefits through collaborative/interdisciplinary/creative work that can reframe public and academic debates about para-sport representations, that can bridge the theory/practice/policy gap, that ensures elevated disabled voices, and that can provide maximum benefits for the public, policy makers, host cities, and media-practitioners. Further, the on-going, public, accessible and open communication embedded within the research, and integrated project documentary, will ensure the largest possible interdisciplinary and international user community for the research and project outcomes.
    Amongst the most significant research products are an art exhibition entitled Body Parts that brings Paralympic representations to life through art, and an original documentary (work in progress) on the experiences of Paralympic athletes and spectators.
    I am currently working, with Dr. Laura Meisener, Dr. David Howe and others in the PASCCAL team on the critical analysis of the first humorist sports talk show on the Paralympics, the Channel 4 “The last leg”. A preliminary version of this discussion was presented at the Lancaster disability studies conference in September 2018.
Recent Publications 
  • Pullen, E., Jackson, D., Silk, M., Howe, D., & Silva, C. (2020). Extraordinary Normalcy, Ableist Rehabilitation, and Sporting Ablenationalism: The Cultural (Re) Production of Paralympic Disability Narratives. Sociology of Sport Journal, 1(aop), 1-9.
  • Silva, C.F.; Howe, P.D. (2019) 'Sliding to Reverse Ableism: An Ethnographic Exploration of (Dis)ability in Sitting Volleyball.' Societies, 9: 41.
  • Silva, C. F., & Howe, P. D. (2018). 'The Social Empowerment of Difference: The Potential Influence of Para sport.' Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America, 29(2), 397-408.
  • Howe, P. D., & Silva, C. F. (2018). 'The fiddle of using the Paralympic Games as a vehicle for expanding [dis] ability sport participation.'  Sport in Society, 21(1), 125-136.
  • Howe, P. D., & Silva, C. F. (2017). 'The cyborgification of paralympic sport. Movement & Sport Sciences-Science & Motricité,
  • Howe, P. D., & Silva, C. F. (2017). 'Challenging ‘normalcy’: possibilities and pitfalls of Paralympic bodies.' South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation, 39 (Special edition 1: 2), 191-204.
  • Silva, C. F. (2017). 'On the Way to Rio 2016: Coaching Paralympic Volleyball in Brazil'. In: Kohe, G. & D.M. Peters, eds. High Performance Disability Sport Coaching. London: Routledge
  • Charalampos, S., Silva, C. F., & Kudlacek, M. (2015). 'When Sitting Becomes Sport: Life Stories in Sitting Volleyball.'  European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity, 8(1).

Jane Thornton

Areas of Research
  • Long-term athlete health, female athlete health, and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease
 Current Research
  •  Peer-to-peer healthcare and patient resource co-design 
  • Novel uses of technology in physical activity prescription and evaluation
 Recent Publications
  • Kimber ML, Meyer S, McHugh T, Thornton JS, Khurana R, Sivak A, and Davenport MH. Health outcomes following pregnancy in elite athletes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Published Online First: 5 February 2021. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002617  
  • Thornton J. Physical Activity. In: Gouttebarge V, Kerkhoffs GMMJ, de Schutter MN (eds). The Secret Balance of Champions - Health Challenges in Elite Sport. London: Future Science Group, 2020.

Jim Weese

Recent Publications
  • Weese, W.J. (2018). The 5C leader: Exceptional leadership practices for extraordinary times. New York: Archway Publishing, a Division of Simon and Schuster, New York. NY.
  • Weese, W. J. (2019). Four key leadership practices that facilitate decanal success (and survival). Academic Impressions, Inc. (accepted for publication). 29 manuscript pages.
  • Weese, W. Z., & & Weese, W. J. (2019). Heightening leader development for student staff in college and university recreational sports departments. Athens Journal of Sports. 22 manuscript pages. (accepted for publication).
  • Weese W. J., & and Chelladurai, P. (2017). Leadership skills in sport. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology. Online publication October 2017. DOI:10.93/acrefore/9780190236577.013.187


Nancy Quinn

Areas of Research 
  • Impact of sport on the social opportunities for Canadians living with impairment
  • Media representation of impairment
  • Intersection of sport medicine with sport and disability.
Current Research 
Recent Publications 

Graduate Students

Thomas Fabian

Areas of Research
  • UNESCO, folk sports, and intangible cultural heritage (doctoral research)
  • University sports, volleyball history, esports, and Hungarian water polo.
Current Research
  • UNESCO, folk sports, and intangible cultural heritage (doctoral research)
Recent Publications
  • Fabian, Thomas, “Turkish Oil Wrestling: Western Heteronormativity, Islamic Body Culture, and Folk Wrestling Masculinities,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Sport, eds. Rory Magrath, Jamie Cleland, & Eric Anderson (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
  • Ross, MacIntosh, Thomas Fabian, and Courtney van Waas, “Cultural Reproduction and Resistance at the Rinks: Roller Skating and the Americanization of California, 1867-1890,” Journal of Sport History, vol. 46, no. 1 (Spring 2019), pp. 5-19.
  • Fabian, Thomas, “George Plimpton: The Paper Lion and His Legacy,” Aethlon: Journal of Sports Literature, vol. 33, no. 2 (2018), pp. 67-73.

Swarali Patil

Areas of Research
  • Women in sport and non-profit stratgey
  • Organizational capacity and gender equity in sport
  • Strategy in sport management
Recent Publications

Andrew Pettit

Areas of Research
  • Research focuses on questioning how sport has been historically understood as a peace-promoting endeavor by peoples and nations, particularly in Olympic context, while also problematizing the practical and ethical issues concerned with the application of sport for development and peace initiatives.
 Current Research
  • Co-founder & Editor. Journal of Emerging Sport Studies. A new open-access online pee-reviewed academic journal dedicated to publishing high quality scholarship from emerging and established scholars around the world.
  • Research Assistant. Indigenous Hockey Research Network. SSHRCC Funded research project exploring the question of how hockey has been utilized as a tool for colonization while also having the ability to contribute to the process of reconciliation.
  • Journal Article Review Editor. Olympika: The International Journal of Olympic Studies.
Recent Publications
  • Pettit, Andrew. “Remembering Sarajevo: Olympic Memory and Legacy During the Bosnian War and its Aftermath, 1992-2002.” Chapter proposal accepted for upcoming book on Sport & Society.
  • Pettit, Andrew. “Pierre de Coubertin Goes to War: Germany in the Olympic Movement and Coubertin’s Response, 1914-1936.” Conference Paper presented at ISA-Peace Studies and Peace History Society Joint 2019 Conference: Commemorating Violent Conflicts and Building Sustainable Peace. October 24-26, 2019. Kent State University. Kent, Ohio.
  • Pettit, Andrew. “The Olympic Truce in Historical Perspective.” 8th International Session for Educators anPettit, Andrew. Pettit, Andrew. Officials of Higher Institutes of Physical Education. 01-07 July, 2019 Proceedings. Athens: International Olympic Academy.
  • Pettit, Andrew. “We Are Taking Back Our Game: Sport, Catharsis and Lacrosse in the Process of Reconciliation.” Conference Paper presented at the 10th International Conference of Sport & Society. June 20-21, 2019. Ryerson University. Toronto, Ontario. Awarded the Emerging Scholar Award.
  • Pettit, Andrew. “The Modern Olympic Truce and the Changing Nature of the IOC’s Advocacy for Peace.” Olympika: The International Journal of Olympic Studies 26 (2017): 32-72.

Darda Sales

Areas of Research
  • The para sport athlete development experience (doctoral research)
  • Coach education
  • The coach’s role in supporting the wellness of their athletes