Developing children and youth through sports

On the 10th of Nov the seminar: Developing Children and Youth Through Sports was held at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. The seminar was very successful with an engaged audience.

PHOTO: NIH. From the right: Jean Fortier, Natalie Durand-Bush, Pierre Nicolas Lemyre, Jennifer Cumming, Michelle Fortier, Kacey Neely og Kristen Diffenbach.

Dr. Kristen Dieffenbach

 Kristen has a Ph.D. in exercise science with emphasis in exercise and sport psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (U.S). Currently she is the president of the National Commettee for the Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) and a member of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology executive board. She also serves on the research commettee for the International Council on Coaching Excellence (ICCE). Dr. Diffenbach`s work has focused on athlets talent development, coaching education, professional issues in coaching education, professional issues in coaching, performance enhancement, as well as understanding and preventing under recovery. 

She presented: Prepare and support youth sport coaches for their responsibilities when working with young athletes


Ms Kacey Neely

Kacey is a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation at the University of Alberta in Canada. She works under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas Holt in the Child & Adolecent Sport & Activity Lab. Kacey`s reseach interests include positive youth development through sport and stress, coping, and emotion among in sport. Her dissertation reseach focuses on deselection (getting cut) in competitive youth sport. She has received founding for her doctoral research through the Killam Trust, Sports Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Reseach Council of Canada.

She presented: An Integrative approach to developing life skills through sport 


Dr. Natalie Durand- Bush

 Natalie is an associate professor in the Scool of Human kinetics at the University of Ottowa, Canada, and an adjunct professor in the Norwegian Scool of Sport Sciences, Norway. Through her research, she aims to understand the self-regulatory processes and skills underlying the development of optimal performance and well being in different contexts including sport, medicine, the performing arts, and academia. Professor Durand- Bush also investigates self-regulation inverventions designed to help individuals and teams not only acheive performance excellence but also manage stress and burnout. Her professional consulting work with developmental level and high performance athletes and coaches during the past 21 years are an asset to her scholarly work and teaching.

She presented: Developing successful youth sport teams: Coaches’ key role in fostering self- and co-regulation skills


Dr. Micelle Fortier

Michelle is a physical activity psychology scientist at the Scool of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottowa. Her research program aims to understand and promote physical activity maintenance with an emphasis on motivation. She has extensive research examining the determinants of physical activity in different health and clinical populations and has been involved in the developmentand evaluation of physical activity promotion investigations, mainly centered on promoting mental health. Recently she has been publishing and presenting on the darker side of organized youth sport. She has received funding from various organizations such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Reseach Counciø (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institute in Health research (CIHR).   

She presented: Sport and physical activity is medicine for youth but its best consumed in moderate doses and yummy flavours


 Dr. Jennifer Cumming

Jennifer is a leading expert in the field of imagery and observational learning research. She is a senior lecture at the University of Birmingham (UK), with over 80 peer-reviewed publications and is the current Co-Editor of Imagination, Cognition, and Personality. She has extensive experience developing reseach measures to assess movement imagery ability in children and adults, as well as techniques for improving this capacity. She has also contributed to the development of the revised applied model of deliberate imagery use of sport, dance, exercise, and rehabilitation. 

She presented: In the mind's eye; Effective ways of developing and measuring imagery ability in youth athletes


Dr. Jean Fournier

Jean is an associate professor at the University of Paris West. He has consulted in mental training with young developing athletes, Olympic athletes and coaches for over 20 years at the French Insitute of Sports, Paris, and with the French Golf Federation. He has served  as the director of sport sciences at the National Institute of Sport in Montreal, Canada. He also served as the Co- Editor of the International Journal of Sport Psychology for 10 years. His research focuses on mental training, imagery, attention, and mindfulness. 

He presented: Planning and implementing mindfulness training for young athletes