Tara-Leigh F Mchugh

Tara-Leigh F Mchugh
University of Alberta | UAlberta · Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

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Participatory approaches, such as community-based participatory research (CBPR), have become more common in the physical activity literature over the last two decades. As well, there has been an increase in the number of published studies that have documented the use of such approaches when engaging in research with Indigenous peoples. However, pub...
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Do you ever have that awful feeling in your gut after you mess up during an important competition? When training is really tough, do you ever say to yourself, “I am not good enough”? Do not worry, you are not alone in these tough times. All athletes—including us, the authors of this paper—have difficult sport experiences. Fortunately, there are ski...
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Objectives Athletes train and compete at the elite level during their reproductive years, yet sport policies that support pregnant athletes are lacking. The experiences of elite athletes during pregnancy are vastly under-represented, and such voices are needed to support evidence-informed policy. Thus, the purpose of this qualitative study was to d...
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Mental health is a state of well-being that allows individuals to navigate the challenges of their work and function productively in their daily life (WHO, 2018). Due to the stressors and challenges coaches face, it is important to understand how coaches who are mentally healthy (i.e., flourishing; Keyes, 2002) protect and promote their mental heal...
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This quasi-experimental study examined whether adolescents’ health and social/appearance automatic associations for physical activity (PA) and the self-reported psychosocial variables of outcome expectations, self-efficacy, and positive body image predicted their impulsive decision to opt into a hypothetical PA programme. Eighty high school student...
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Rationale Dominant framing of childhood obesity as a public health burden has increased weight stigma towards young people in larger bodies. However, weight stigma literature is generally limited by its focus on individuals' attitudes and beliefs, overlooking the broader social conditions shaping stigma. Further, few weight stigma studies have been...
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Emerging adults aged 18–30 years are a unique population who have lifelong experience with digital media. This has contributed to comfort and familiarity with using the internet as a preferred source of information in particular with regard to exercise. Previous research suggests emerging adults may be conflicted about whether or not to believe the...
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Background: Potential income disparities were examined in the (1) awareness and uptake of the Children's Fitness Tax Credit (CFTC), and (2) physical activity (PA) of children from families who did and did not claim the credit in Alberta, Canada in 2012 and 2014. Methods: Secondary analyses of 3 cross-sectional data sets of grade 5 students (10-1...
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The Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program (IYMP) is a peer-led health promotion program grounded in the teachings of Indigenous scholars. IYMP is delivered as a multi-sited community-university partnership (CUP) with Indigenous communities across Canada for elementary students. A local young adult health leader and high school youth mentors offer stu...
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Purpose: To evaluate postpartum maternal health and training outcomes of females who were competing or training as elite athletes prior-to or during pregnancy. Methods: Online databases were searched up to August 26, 2020. Studies of any design and language were eligible if they contained information on the relevant population (postpartum athlet...
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Mental health is an important resource for student-athletes. Flourishing (Keyes, 2002) may be a useful concept for examining aspects of mental health. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate mental health protective factors among flourishing Canadian university student-athletes over the course of their sport season. Initially, 36 Ca...
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National athlete development models often give little consideration to the multiple ways in which adults might participate in sport (i.e., recreationally or competitively, through sampling or specialization), or their trajectories into specific patterns of adult sport participation. Using adult swimmers' current and retrospective (youth swimming) d...
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Realtors match home-seekers with neighborhoods that have built and social characteristics they desire to pursue active lifestyles. Studies have yet to explore realtors’ perspectives on neighborhood design that supports active living. Using qualitative description, our study was to explore the perceptions and understandings of neighborhood design (w...
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Background Accumulating evidence suggests that the built environment is associated with physical activity. The extent to which the built environment may support adherence to physical activity interventions is unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the neighbourhood built environment constrains or facilitates adherence and steps t...
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The Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program (IYMP) is a peer-led health promotion program developed for elementary school students in Indigenous school communities in Canada. A local young adult health leader (YAHL) and high school mentors offer students healthy snacks, physical activity games, relationship building activities and cultural teachings. I...
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Working collaboratively with youth who live on the margins in recreation and sport research provides unique opportunities and challenges for both participants and researchers. This paper aims to highlight methodological challenges from a recent collaborative sport and recreation research project with youth in a Western Canadian city. Guided by key...
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Purpose: The purpose of this systematic review was to evaluate fetal and maternal pregnancy outcomes of elite athletes who had participated in competitive sport immediately prior to conception. Methods: Online databases were searched up to March 24, 2020. Studies of any design and language were eligible if they contained information on the relev...
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Background: Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) include evidence-based recommendations for managing obesity in adolescents. However, information on how health care providers (HCPs) implement these recommendations in day-to-day practice is limited. Our objectives were to explore how HCPs deliver weight management health services to adolescents with...
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There are hypothesized associations between high training volume in youth sport and negative psychological and behavioral outcomes such as decreased enjoyment, and increased burnout and dropout. Autonomy support, however, is associated with positive motivational and behavioral outcomes. The purpose of this study was to concurrently explore the rela...
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There are hypothesized associations between high training volume in youth sport and negative psychological and behavioral outcomes such as decreased enjoyment, and increased burnout and drop-out. Autonomy support, however, is associated with positive motivational and behavioral outcomes. The purpose of this study was to concurrently explore the rel...
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Background: Children and youth who meet the physical activity, sedentary, and sleep behaviour recommendations in the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines are more likely to have desirable physical and psychosocial health outcomes. Yet, few children and youth actually meet the recommendations. The family is a key source of influence that can affect...
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Background: Health care providers (HCPs) report barriers to effective communication with adolescents with obesity when discussing lifestyle behavior change and may benefit from tailored health communication tools to use during consultations with this uniquely challenging group of patients. Our purpose was to describe the content, design, production...
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Physical literacy is a key focus within physical education and sport policy and practice in Canada. Although physical literacy has been suggested to benefit the general population, the experiences of Indigenous peoples are noticeably absent in the physical literacy literature. To facilitate meaningful and inclusive sport policies and programmes in...
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Background: Adolescents and providers can benefit from practical tools targeting lifestyle modification for obesity prevention and management. We created Conversation Cards for Adolescents© (CCAs), a patient-centered communication and behavior change tool for adolescents and providers to use in clinical practice. The purpose of our study is to (i)...
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The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore how engaging youth at risk through a youth-led approach to recreation and leisure programming can contribute to leisure-induced meaning-making. Seven women (four youth at risk [18–22 years] and three adult recreation practitioners) participated in one-on-one semi-structured interviews. Data...
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Background: Lifestyle modifications represent the first line of treatment in obesity management; however, many adolescents with obesity do not meet lifestyle recommendations. Given that adolescents are rarely consulted during health policy development and in the design of lifestyle interventions, their first-hand experiences, preferences, and prio...
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Indigenous athletes living in remote or rural areas, interested in pursuing sport at elite levels, often relocate from their home communities to urban “mainstream” centres. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore the psychological well-being and multicultural adjustment experiences of two relocating First Nations athletes. Convers...
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Objectives Internet-facilitated physical activity interventions are becoming more common. A better understanding about the barriers and facilitators experienced by participants is needed to improve the delivery and effectiveness of these types of interventions. Our study explored perceived individual, social, and physical environment characteristic...
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Self-compassion is associated with psychological well-being and adaptive responses; however, little is known about how athletes practically integrate self-compassion in sport. Through interpretive description, we explored how high-performance athletes shifted from self-critical to self-compassionate approaches to manage sport challenges. Eleven ath...
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This article narratively inquires into the experiences of the first author and two recreation practitioners he worked alongside as they became wakeful to their relations as non-Indigenous people living alongside Indigenous peoples in a community garden project. The experiences shared highlight how they negotiated notions of professional competence...
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Empirical evidence directly associating early sport specialization with burnout and dropout is lacking, although a relationship is theorized. Research in this area relies on time-intensive retrospective interviews or questionnaires that generate large amounts of data. The optimal use of these data for assessing early specialization (ES) and its rel...
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The purpose of this community-based participatory research was to explore the physical activity experiences of Northern Aboriginal youth in Canada. Fourteen Aboriginal youth from the ages of 13–19 years participated in interviews (one-on-one or sharing circles), and participant-generated photo-elicitation sharing circles. Five themes representing t...
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The purpose of this three-year, multi-phase community-based participatory research (CBPR) programme was to explore how to support Indigenous youth activity programmes and programme planners in Alberta, Canada. This CBPR programme was comprised of five phases: (1) Identifying mutual interests and learning how to partner, (2) Building culturally-rele...
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The purpose of this qualitative description study was to better understand the role of relationships in meaningfully engaging youth at risk within the context of recreation and leisure. Two separate group interviews were held. One group interview included practitioners employed in youth-targeted recreation contexts (three men and three women). The...
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Self-compassion represents a shift in how to support performance and well-being in sport, and there has been recent attention directed toward the construct in both research and applied domains. To inform next steps in research and practice, we have reflected on self-compassion intervention and practice based on the current state of the literature a...
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Objective. To explore adolescents’ and health care providers’ (HCPs) perspectives on adolescents’ involvement in decision-making within multidisciplinary clinical care for pediatric weight management. Methods. In this multi-centre, qualitative description study, we purposefully recruited 13-17 year olds with overweight or obesity and HCPs from two...
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Sport participation can foster a wide range of positive psychosocial outcomes for women, including feeling empowered and self-sufficient, as well as gaining confidence, determination and self-respect. These well-documented potential benefits stem from research with non-Indigenous athletes, yet there is little published research to support an in-dep...
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Background: Many adolescents with obesity do not meet recommendations for nutrition, physical and sedentary activities, and sleep habits, all of which can influence weight management. Objective: To explore barriers and enablers that influenced the adoption of lifestyle behavior changes among adolescents receiving multidisciplinary clinical care fo...
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This study aimed to understand how positive youth development through sport and physical activity is understood and experienced by urban indigenous youth. Research in positive youth development claims that structured physical activities are critical for development. The 5 Cs (i.e., confidence, competence, character, connection, caring) are a gold s...
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Objectives: Some swimmers, “continuers,” transition directly from youth swimming into masters swimming. Others, “rekindlers,” take time off before returning to swimming as masters athletes. The purpose of this study was to explore how youth swimming experiences shape subsequent participation in masters swimming. Design: This research was guided by...
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While research demonstrates that Indigenous youth experience higher levels of obesity-related chronic disease compared to non-Indigenous youth throughout Canada, few studies consult Indigenous youth for their perspectives on how to address barriers to active lifestyles. This paper examines the constraints that urban Indigenous youth encounter in ac...
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The purpose of this study was to explore female athletes' experiences of positive growth following deselection from provincial sport teams. Interviews were conducted with 18 women (Mage = 22.45 years, SD = 1.38) who were deselected from provincial soccer, ice hockey, and volleyball teams as adolescents. Interpretative phenomenological analysis meth...
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The reliability and validity of the PLAYfun and PLAYbasic tools were assessed. The PLAYfun, PLAYbasic, Canadian Agility and Movement Skill Assessment (CAMSA) obstacle course, and Physical Activity Questionnaire for Children (PAQ-C) were administered to children (aged 8–14 years) in two remote Canadian communities. Inter-rater reliability of the PLA...
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Objectives Dropout is a pervasive, yet understudied phenomenon in exercise behaviour. The purpose of this study was to explore the perceived individual, behavioural, and environmental influences experienced by 35–65-year-old adults who dropped out of a structured exercise programme. Design This research took a qualitative description approach, wit...
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Participation in sport and recreation may contribute to various holistic benefits among Indigenous youth in Canada. However, there is a need for a consolidated evidence base to support the development of sport and recreation opportunities that could facilitate such holistic benefits. The purpose of this research was to produce a meta-study of quali...
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The purpose of this community-based participatory research was to better understand how participation in traditional games can enhance the sport experiences of Indigenous youth. Eight Indigenous youth (14-18 years) and 10 adults living in various communities in the Northwest Territories, Canada, participated in either a one-on-one interview or grou...
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Objective To explore older adolescents’ reflective and impulsive thoughts about health- and social/appearance-related PA outcomes and investigate how those thoughts relate to their PA behavior. Participants One hundred and forty-four undergraduate students (109 female; 35 male) aged 17–19 years (M = 18.11, SD = 0.65) participated in this study in...
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The purpose of this research was to describe and interpret the positive body image experiences of women actively engaged in pole fitness. A total of seven women between the ages of 20 and 36 years participated in semistructured one-on-one interviews and follow-up interviews. Participant observation was also used to generate data. Data were analyzed...
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Autobiographical narrative inquiry is an approach with a specific set of methodological commitments that guide research practice, yet its place and position within the work on reflexive practice are lost or misrepresented. Reflexivity in the form of autobiographical narrative inquiries comes out of the relational ontological commitments of narrativ...
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Healthy lifestyle behaviors are key to successful weight management, but have proven to be challenging to attain for adolescents with obesity. The purpose of our scoping review was to (i) describe barriers and enablers that adolescents with obesity encounter for healthy nutrition, physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep habits and (ii) ide...
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Research has been unclear on how people’s experiences of exercise adoption influence their outcome expectations of exercise, and how outcome expectations might relate to their continued exercise participation. The current research used qualitative description to explore the outcome expectations and perceived outcomes realised by previously sedentar...
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Objective The purpose of this study was to examine how female adolescent athletes and their parents cope with deselection from provincial sport teams using a communal coping perspective. Method Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 female adolescent athletes (M age = 15.0 years; SD = 1.4) and 14 of their parents (5 fathers, 9...
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Objective: As physical activity can improve health and reduce the risk of chronic disease, it is important to understand the contributing factors to physical activity engagement among older adults, particularly those living in rural communities to assist in remaining active and healthy as long as possible. The purpose of this study was to gain a d...
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UWALK is a multi-strategy, multi-sector, theory-informed, community-wide approach using e and mHealth to promote physical activity in Alberta, Canada. The aim of UWALK is to promote physical activity, primarily via the accumulation of steps and flights of stairs, through a single over-arching brand. This paper describes the development of the UWALK...
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The overall purpose of this study was to examine coaches' views on deselecting athletes from competitive female adolescent sport teams. Individual semistructured interviews were conducted with 22 head coaches of Canadian provincial level soccer, basketball, volleyball, and ice hockey teams. Interpretive description methodology (Thorne, 2008) was us...
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Positive body image was initially conceptualised as the absence of negative body image, but it is now considered a unique and multifaceted construct. Within this new and flourishing body of literature, researchers have focused on various facets of positive body image including body pride. Body pride has been identified as a construct that may be in...
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This paper documents the opportunities and challenges experienced by youth leaders and community agency partners in our community-based research project on youth engagement. Participants provided reflective statements, based on their experiences during the course of this multi-year project. Specifically, these insights focused on (a) youth-oriented...
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The purpose of the article is to discuss and reflect upon a process of building relationships and conducting community consultations to co-create a relevant community-based participatory research agenda exploring Indigenous youth activity-promoting programming. Four consultations were conducted with approximately 30 community members in Edmonton, A...
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Bullying among youth is rampant and research suggests that young Aboriginal women may be particularly susceptible to bullying. Sport participation has been identified as a possible mechanism to prevent bullying behaviors, yet few researchers have explored bullying within the context of sport. The purpose of this qualitative description study was to...
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There is critical need to better understand how to enhance sport participation among Indigenous youth and how to provide sporting opportunities in ways that contribute positively to health and wellness. The purpose of this paper is to describe our attempts to ‘deeply engage’ Indigenous youth in sport research via a community-based participatory res...
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Objectives: The purpose of this study was to better understand the meanings of community, particularly as it is understood within the context of sport, for urban Aboriginal youth and adults in Edmonton, Alberta. Design: A community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach was used to guide this research. Method: One-on-one interviews were condu...
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Body pride may be a predictor of health and well-being among Aboriginal youth. Body pride could potentially be addressed in health interventions, but it is critical to understand how body pride is conceptualized among Aboriginal youth. The purpose of this qualitative description study was to better understand the experiences of body pride among you...