Kaleigh Pennock

Assistant Professor
Kaleigh Pennock

Contact information

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 42283

Email: kaleigh.pennock@uwaterloo.ca

Office: B.C. Matthews Hall (BMH) 2212

Twitter: Follow @kaleigh_pennock

Research interests

My research program investigates how constructions of risk and responsibility shape experiences in youth sport. Drawing from interdisciplinary perspectives concerning risk culture and informed by an intersectional and anti-racism lens, I am interested in how youth athletes and sport leaders produce and understand risk practices in sport, and in the shared responsibility of these actors to manage and/or mitigate risk. To this end, my research concentrates on 1) sport-related concussion and maltreatment; 2) risk management and harm in community sport organizations; and 3) sport experiences for Black Canadian youth athletes.

Guided by principles of equity, safety and community, my research aims to advance knowledge concerning athlete well-being while cultivating community-oriented partnerships to enact change in the youth sport experience.

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

I am currently accepting applications from graduate students with research interests related to:

  • Concussions and injury
  • Risk and harm in youth community sport
  • Sport and well-being for Black and racialized athletes
  • Qualitative research

Graduate studies application details

Teaching interests

  • Youth sport
  • Injury
  • Well-being and maltreatment
  • Sport culture


  • REC 203/SOC 210: Sociology of Sport


BSc, University of Ottawa

MSc, Leipzig University

MSS, Lund University

PhD, University of Toronto

Postdoctoral Associate, Western University

Selected publications

See Google Scholar for full list of publications.