Thank you for visiting this website. We are Canadian researchers from Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia (Dr. Bettina Callary); the University of Ottawa in Ontario (Dr. Bradley Young); and the University of Lethbridge in Alberta (Dr. Scott Rathwell).

We have been researching topics related to the psycho-social aspects of lifelong sport participation, effective coaching, programming, and messaging of adult sport, and would like to share our findings with you so you can consider how they might apply to you.

Please click on the menu or links to view our work.


Pre-order our upcoming book:
Coaching Masters Athletes: Advancing Research & Practice in Adult Sport

Coaching Masters Athletes: Advancing Research and Practice in Adult Sport explores the research and practice specific to planning to coach Masters athletes and divulges what is known about the distinctive considerations for delivering coaching interventions to this cohort, expanding on coaches’ abilities to influence adults’ personal development, as well as their own coach education through Masters Sport. Readers and students of Coaching, Physical Activity, Health Psychology, Sport Leadership and Exercises Science will gain valuable applied perspectives grounded in best practice research on how to coach one of the fastest-growing sporting cohorts, to promote quality adult sport, and to keep adult sports-persons engaged and active as they age.

I love coaching Masters Athletes because I know they want to be there. They are in their 40s, 50s, or 60s. They all are accomplished and they all have so much to bring to the table, they have families and jobs, so I’m teaching them through sport but I think they’re teaching me as well and I think it’s a learning experience for both sides.

Dragonboat Coach


The problem with [professional development in coaching Masters] is that the instructors tend to be experts age group swimmers and not a lot really translates in terms of diversity and goals of the adult swimmers.

Swim Coach