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CoachesCOVID-19
24 April 2020

Isolated coaches: what role should you play with your athletes?

In the sports community, coaches are among the people most affected by this pandemic and isolation, synonymous with an abrupt halt to training sessions and the competition season for a still as yet indeterminate period. For coaches, the emotional and financial costs are similar to those of parents with the added disappointment of not being able to fulfil their role, which for many of them represents their career, their livelihood, their professional identity and their passion. Each coach is living through this situation according to their aspirations, the level of each athlete and their level of commitment. But all trainers are probably wondering what they can do to support their athletes during the coming weeks. Take care of yourself first…
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COVID-19Parents
15 April 2020

Parents of isolated athletes: When emotions and uncertainty increase tenfold! Exemplaire Exemplaire

For the majority of parents, the COVID-19 imposed isolation generates a multitude of sudden changes on a professional, academic and personal level. These changes have probably disrupted the daily family life of each family member in its own way (relief versus frustration, rest versus boredom). For the parents of young athletes, there is an additional consequence: the uncertainty related to the premature termination of their children’s season and the imperilled launch of spring and summer activities. Different reactions and emotions are possible in the face of the momentary interruption of your emotional and financial investments to support your children’s sporting aspirations. You may also have to deal with the emotional consequences for your children, as different as they are, on…
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COVID-19For everyone
1 April 2020

Sportspersons and athletes confined: When emotions and uncertainty become overwhelming

The match which currently pits the sports community against the COVID-19 pandemic is more than an unexpected clash, it’s a crisis that generates ignorance, unpredictability, uncertainty, ambiguity and a loss of control. These sudden changes in the sports community are leaving it in a state of shock, disbelief and distress and leads us to ask questions which have no answer: When will the fields and gymnasiums open again? When can I go back to school? When can I start training? For some athletes, this unknown adversary and the crisis it provokes means more than a simple break in their sports careers. Some of them will not see the end of their season, will not experience their last high school or…
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COVID-19For everyone
27 March 2020

Little-known consequences of COVID-19 on athletes

The period of crisis that the planet is currently going through in connection with COVID-19 obviously affects us all to different degrees. The sport community is no exception. Of course, we think first of all of these professional leagues which had to interrupt their activities, of all these championships, events and tournaments which are canceled or postponed… not to mention the biggest sporting event, the Tokyo Olympic Games which are officially carried over to 2021. It is easy to empathize with athletes of all skill levels who are committed to practicing their sport and who are now at risk of missing their much-awaited competitions. Their performance and results could probably have had a decisive influence, first on the pleasure and…
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COVID-19For everyone
27 March 2020

Bigorexia: When sport becomes an addiction

Have you ever heard of bigorexia? This term, which was initially used in the world of bodybuilding, could concern all physical and sports activities. More known in Europe, particularly in France, bigorexia (also called addiction to sport, sportoolism or reverse anorexia) was recognized in 2011 by the World Health Organization as being part of behavioral dependencies (e.g. gambling addiction, video game addiction, compulsive shopping, food addiction, sexual and emotional dependence). This form of dependence is associated with eating disorders and muscle dysmorphism without being limited to it. The specialists at the Centre d’Études et de Recherches en Psychopathologie (Toulouse, France) proposed the following definition: “bigorexia is an irrepressible and compulsive need to practice regularly and intensively one or more physical…
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For everyoneTake action! Stand up against bullying in sports 
8 December 2019

“Everything that happens in the locker room stays in the locker room” Fortunately, not anymore!

Perpetuated in the world of sport for many years, this well-known expression has fortunately come under fire in recent days. The recent events involving professional coaches (e.g. Mike Babcock and Bill Peeters among others) have revealed that what happens on the field or in the locker room should no longer be limited to a team’s internal management and remain a jealously guarded secret. This code of silence in sports locker rooms warrants reflection so that we question this practice and ask ourselves who actually benefits from this unwritten rule. The recent revelations lead us to ask why a sport locker room should be like a lawyer’s or doctor’s office, where everything that is said necessarily becomes confidential. If we stop…
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Patrice Bernier en compagnie de son père
For everyone
23 August 2019

Patrice Bernier – A born leader!

Patrice with his father During a recent trip to Quebec City to meet college-level athletes, Patrice Bernier took the opportunity to stop at the Sport’Aide offices to share his journey with us, the obstacles he encountered and the message that he gives to young people as an Ambassador of Good Sportsmanship. Believe in your dreams without omitting reality Even though Patrice began practicing sports at age 4, it wasn’t until age 14 that he really began to believe in the potential he had to become an elite athlete and possibly live his passion one day. without however knowing in which sport his dream would come true. Patrice is a great example of an athlete who developed practicing multiple sports, since in…
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For everyoneTake action! Stand up against bullying in sports 
19 August 2019

Internet generation, mental health and physical activity

In conjunction with our “Take action! Counter Bullying in Sports” program launched last May, we are currently working on cyberbullying. During our fact-finding consultations, we lingered over the book iGen by Jean M. Twenge professor of psychology at San Diego University. After reading the book, we felt the need to provide you with a short summary, considering that in certain chapters the book discusses the link between well-being, screen time and physical activity. The heart of the argument is based on the democratization of the smartphone and its impacts on the generation following the millennials. In fact, if we go back a few years in the Unites States, we can still see differences based on ethnic origins and social classes in Internet…
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For everyone
21 June 2019

Mind our referees

Last October, a report by Société Radio-Canada (SRC) noted that there was a shortage of referees in minor hockey. This report is corroborated by figures from Hockey Québec-Chaudières-Appalaches, which show that the number of federated referees for minor hockey has decreased from 800 to approximately 550 in five years. Based on our experience with several sports organizations, other sports are also experiencing a similar problem. But what’s behind this shortage of referees? In the SRC report, François Talbot, who is the regional referee-in-chief for Hockey Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches states that “Each year, about 100 to 125 officials join the group, but for various reasons, we lose 150 to 175.” This means that people are still willing to get involved in hockey as…
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For everyoneTake action! Stand up against bullying in sports 
21 June 2019

Countering bullying: a positive approach

Our most recent blog discussed the importance of a global approach to counter bullying in sports. However, we must not rely on this approach alone, since the approach must be positive as well. This means that we cannot just limit ourselves to interventions of a coercive nature the way zero-tolerance programs do. In this respect, Beaulieu (2011) shows how these programs, founded on an inflexible punitive policy that uses severe sanctions for any type of inadequate behaviour, even minor, have seriously failed in their disciplinary targets. If you would like to learn more about this theme, read the article by Beaulieu (2011) in our mediagraphy section. That said, we do not opt for the “leave it alone” approach, which would…
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