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21 September 2020

When theory becomes practice: testimonials by diving coaches in their quest for well-being

Further to our series of blogs published as part of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport’Aide wants to share with you a recent incident on the field experienced by a partner– Plongeon Québec – which wants to support its coaches in this unique context. So, let's make room for the third blog in an interesting series which summarizes this great initiative which deserves to be known – indeed – repeated elsewhere. (more…)
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17 September 2020

Putting well-being before performance, with Jean-Paul Richard

Automatic support As former coach of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Team and co-founder of reROOT collectif, Jean-Paul Richard felt a great deal of empathy for diving coaches at the start of the pandemic. Let’s just say that the responsibilities of a coach who is preparing the succession and the feeling of being in the last stretch in preparing for the Olympic Games is something he can easily relate to, since he has been in this situation more than once. Since he can easily put himself in their shoes, he instinctively wanted to help. The important thing for him was to support the sporting community while recognizing and intervening in order to favour the well-being of coaches in this period of…
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14 September 2020

Outstanding Performance Must Start With Wellness

Further to its COVID-19 blog series, Sport’Aide is pleased to share a moving account by one of its partners, Plongeon Québec, outlining that group’s recent efforts to support diving coaches in this unique pandemic environment. Here’s the first of an interesting series of blogs about a great initiative that deserves to be better known and even emulated elsewhere. (more…)
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8 September 2020

Sexual violence in sport (3) – Their Safety, OUR Responsibility!

In our last blog, we discussed sexual abuse and the grooming process in sport, more specifically by people in position of authority. We mentioned then that some individuals are more prone to be the victim of sexual violence than others. Today’s post deals with risk factors relating to this type of violence and lays out what stakeholders in the sport world should do to help prevent such situations. All the information discussed in this text is taken from Chapter 8 of the Rapport Québécois sur la Violence et la Santé of Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec (Parent & Fortier, 2018). Risk factors are generally inherent in a personal, organizational or socio-cultural condition that potentially increases a person’s vulnerability,…
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23 July 2020

Sexual violence in sport… let’s talk about it!

Sad news such as the recent accusation for sexual offences against a world-class gymnast from Quebec is often like a bombshell in the sports world, and rightly so. However, hoping that such situations never see the light of day would be even worse, since this reality is very present in the Quebec sporting universe and abusive behaviour like this must be denounced loudly and strongly. We would also like to salute the bravery of the victims who have had the courage to ask for help, and the benevolence of all stakeholders who believed them and who did not try to protect an individual despite an impressive professional track record. Truly, BRAVO!! That said, this type of regrettable event allows us…
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10 July 2020

Resumption of sport: a matter of balance

In the last few weeks, how many times have we heard that “nothing will be the same again” that “habits or processes will have to be reviewed” or that “organizations are going to have to reinvent themselves”? in this chorus of questions, what about our young athletes who, used to the frantic rhythms dictated by their agendas, are waiting to get back to training? Are they all happy with this return to “normal”? One of our counsellors decided to speak to them. --------------- About a month has passed since Minister Charest announced the resumption of sporting activities. Talk about a boost for the morale! We can finally see our teammates, our friends and our coaches again. We can finally be…
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16 June 2020

Inclusion in a time of COVID-19

This blog series has brought us to the following problem. According to studies on the behavioural immune system (BHS), the presence of the coronavirus could lead to greater conformity among Quebecers combined with a greater aversion for deviation from the norm. Consequently, this could exacerbate the exclusion of certain already marginalized communities and put them at even greater risk for certain types of violence, including bullying among children. That said, how can we prevent it from happening and avoid these communities suffering further from their exclusion? The answer is simple, but its application complex: inclusion. Complexity of inclusion The first difficulty with inclusion is that exclusion sometimes be legitimate. To function properly, a group must adopt inclusion and exclusion criteria…
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8 June 2020

Exclusion in a time of COVID-19

To summarize where we are in our reflection, the presence of pathogens activates the behavioural immune system (BIM) and leads to greater rigidity in social norms (hygiene, nourishment, sexuality) as well as a greater aversion for those who break them (See blogs 1 and 2). So, does the BIM have a role to play in establishing and maintaining prejudices against certain marginalized groups? Not only is the answer yes, but the BIM has a leading role to play for prejudices with regard to people who are obese, disfigured, handicapped, seniors, foreigner and homosexuals (Aarøe& al., 2017; Ackerman & al., 2018; Fincher et al., 2008; Karinen & al., 2019; Kiss & al., 2020; Lai & al., 2014; Murray & al., 2013;…
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2 June 2020

Solidarity in a time of COVID-19

In our most recent blog, we defended the fact that the presence of a disease like COVID-19 could lead to avoiding other people. On the contrary, we didn’t understand why we still wanted to see our loved ones, despite everything. Of course, there’s the fact that we long to see them, but you have to admit, they are just as likely, if not more likely, to transmit the disease to us. Like the good Dr. Arruda stated, most of these cases are transmitted by the family. Wouldn’t it therefore be more logical to avoid them like the plague? It seems that, combined with longing, the behavioural immune system (BIM) has a role to play in this process. The BIM and…
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25 May 2020

Avoidance in a time of COVID-19

I would like to start this series of four blogs with a personal anecdote. Those who know me well know that for me, there’s nothing better than a good old handshake to start a friendly or professional meeting. That said, I recently watched a series in which the main character walked through a crowd and shook the hand of anyone who was willing. I was therefore surprised to feel a strong sense of aversion, telling myself “It’s absolutely crazy to touch so many people.” I had never had this reflex before and yet today, with the COVID-19 crisis, I am now overtaken by an instinctive disgust towards this type of behaviour. Nevertheless, like many of us, I also have an…
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