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The Campus Athletics Research Network (CARN) has completed the following projects:


Coaching leadership

The purpose of this research is to determine what behaviours a “successful” varsity coach at the University of Waterloo exhibit in comparison to an “unsuccessful” coach. Specifically, the objective of this study is to determine what blend of coaching leadership behaviours relates to overall team success. By using an online questionnaire, it is hypothesized that successful team coaches (i.e. largest win records) will operate in team environments where there is greater congruence between preferred and perceived leadership styles. This project is currently collecting data through an online survey.

Collaborator(s):

Lee VanSchaik, MA Candidate, Western University

Dr. Katie Misener, Assistant Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Christine Stapleton, Athletics and Recreation

Dr. Jim Weise, Professor, Western University

Results

Coaching leadership summary of results (accessible view)

Coaching leadership summary of results (PDF)


Ego involvement and running

This research explored the influence of ego involvement with running on varsity athletes' post-collegiate running loyalty and health. Using a retrospective approach with multiple temporally-based data points, enduring ego involvement with running was studied among a sample of one-time competitive distance runners. In particular, the purpose was to explore, while controlling for during-college ego involvement scores, the influence of current ego involvement scores with running on former varsity athletes' eight post-collegiate (i.e. current) running loyalties and self-reported health. Current manifestations of running loyalty examined include four metrics related to running intensity (i.e., days run per week, distance of average run, average pace, number of competitions per year), four related to running preferences (i.e., favourite routes, gear, competitions and partners), and one metric of perceived health.

Collaborator(s):

Dr. Luke R. Potwarka, University of Waterloo

Dr. Mark E. Havitz, University of Waterloo

A. Wade Wilson, University of Waterloo

Dr. Steven E. Mock, University of Waterloo

Results

Ego involvement and running summary of results


Ego involvement and passion for sport activities

People are often described as being “passionate” about a particular activity. However, relatively little is known about how certain activities can become obsessive and controlling versus more balanced aspects of people’s lives. This study proposes that the nature of people’s involvement with a particular activity can influence the extent to which that activity becomes a controllable or uncontrollable force in daily life. As such, this research explores relationships between ego involvement and passion towards competitive sport activities.

Collaborator

A. Wade Wilson, University of Waterloo

Results

Ego involvement and passion for sport activities summary of results


Sports passion and attitudes toward performance enhancing substances

The purpose of the present study was two-fold. First we were interested in seeing whether obsessive and harmonious passion would predict attitudes of performance enhancing drug (PED) use in collegiate sport environments. Secondly, we were interested in the extent to which passion and attitudes of PED use would differ between two sporting environments.

Collaborators

A. Wade Wilson, University of Waterloo

Dr. Luke R. Potwarka, University of Waterloo

Results

Sports passion and attitudes toward performance enhancing substances summary of results

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Luke Potwarka, PhD

Assistant Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Marc Iturriaga

Associate Director, Campus Recreation & Business Development

Funding opportunities

Funding for CARN is required to help sustain the viability of these projects. Funding helps to subsidize equipment costs, research resources, co-op students, graduate students, and to aid with knowledge transfer and translation initiatives.

If you are interested in helping fund the Campus Athletics Research Network please contact Wanda Deschamps, Director of Advancement.