Sport Insight Lab


The Sport Insight Lab is a sport science lab in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto that focuses on understanding the development of high-performance athletes. 

In particular, the Sport Insight Lab's research considers how an individual's psychological makeup and the environments they develop in influence athletic skill development. The goal here is to catalogue the extensive range of factors affecting an athlete's capacity to maximize their potential. Research is also focused on scrutinizing the processes of talent identification and athlete selection to understand how to do these in a more thoughtful, evidence-based way. This work will allow the development of stronger policy, and allow researchers to build better theory/models and construct superior learning environments.

In addition to its high-performance sport work, the lab uses models of athlete learning and development to help understand how to maximize function and performance in non-elite populations.



Funding for the Sport Insight Lab's research comes from the Tanenbaum Institute for Science in Sport; the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Sport Canada, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research among other sources.


Lab website

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KPE Faculty

  • Professor, Sport Science
  • Tanenbaum Chair in Sport Science, Data Modelling and Sports Analytics