Mark Bruner

Canada Research Chair in Youth Development Through Sport and Physical Activity

Tier 2 - 2015-04-01
Renewed: 2020-07-01
Nipissing University
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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Research involves

Investigating how participating in sports affects youth development.

Research relevance

This research will provide a deeper understanding of how to promote youth development through sport.

Research summary

Approximately 75% of Canadian youth participate in organized sport, with the majority doing so in a team setting. Given this high participation rate, sport teams represent a promising context to engage youth and promote personal and social development. Dr. Mark Bruner’s unique program of research investigates how adolescents develop through sport and physical activity groups (e.g., sport teams). Specifically, Bruner’s research aims to:

  • examine how the identities youth form through membership in sport teams shape adolescents’ development; and
  • investigate how to apply this knowledge to promote youth development through involvement in sport and physical activity.