Masters of Arts


Physical and Health Education, Sport Sociology & Cultural Studies

Adapted physical activity

Sport and Exercise Psychology

Physical & Health Education, Sport Sociology & Cultural Studies

The MA in Physical & Health Education (PHE), Sport Sociology & Cultural Studies (SSCS) consists of two distinct yet overlapping research streams.

The PHE research steam is primarily concerned with the study of physical and health education programming, physical education teacher experiences, curriculum studies, and teacher education. The SSCS stream is primarily concerned with the sociocultural study of sport, recreation, and leisure across a variety of contexts. Our McGill research team is particularly keen on research partnerships with Indigenous, working class, and/or marginalized sport communities and attempts to focus on how sport & physical activity can be used to foster community wellbeing.

Potential research topics for the PHE stream include: Critical pedagogy; social justice in physical education teacher education; early career physical education teacher experiences; outdoor education; Indigenous ways of knowing in kinesiology and physical education.

Potential research topics for the SSCS stream include: Indigenous sport and physical culture; Sport-for-development and peace; working class sport and identity; Canadian sport history.

Professors in Physical & Health Education, Sport Sociology & Cultural Studies:

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Adapted physical activity

Adapted physical activity is a branch of kinesiology sciences that focuses on an interdisciplinary understanding and the promotion of physical activity participation among people with disabilities.

This graduate program stream touches upon physical activity and sport participation of people living with one or multiple disabilities, including developmental, emotional, intellectual, and/or physical. Research within the adapted physical activity steam is primarily applied to real world physical activity and sport settings and is founded on theoretical approaches. Studies will center on motivation, self-determination, coaching, participation, and/or social inclusion of children, youth, or adults with disabilities within sport/physical activity contexts.

Professors in Adapted Physical Activity:

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Sport and Exercise Psychology

Sport and Exercise Psychology involves the scientific study of people and their behaviours in sport and exercise contexts and the practical applications of that knowledge. Sport and Exercise Psychology is an interdisciplinary field that is acknowledged as a core discipline within Kinesiology and Physical Education programs.

Most people study sport and exercise psychology with two objectives in mind: (1) to understand how psychological and social factors influence an individual’s behavioural outcomes (e.g., sport performance, exercise motivation) and (2) to understand how participation in sport and exercise influences psychological and social development, health, and well-being.

Sport Psychology Emphasis focuses on coaching psychology, youth involvement and development, sport-specific personality, motivation, arousal, anxiety, stress, aggression, group cohesion, psychological skills, and gender issues.

Exercise Psychology Emphasis focuses on exercise and physical activity issues associated with epidemiology, barriers and motives, social influences and social support, community, group, and individual interventions, self-esteem, body image, stress and coping, emotional well-being, quality of life, and special populations.

At McGill our sport and exercise psychology program focuses on a broad population base, including: elite or recreational athletes, youth and older adults, and people with disabilities and chronic diseases.

Professors in Sport and Exercise Psychology:

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For graduate program-related questions please contact the Administrative & Student Affairs Coordinator,studentaffairs.kpe [at] ( Catherine Klempa) or the Graduate Program Director, studentaffairs.kpe [at] (Dr. Lindsay Duncan).

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