Research interests:

Enhancing parental involvement in youth sport and improving parents’ experiences in sport.
Understanding and enhancing the psychosocial experiences of children in sport.
Increasing sport participation among children and adolescents.

Current research projects:

Understanding and enhancing parental involvement in sport
Examining parental knowledge and understanding of sport psychology
The role of parents in supporting athletes’ dual-careers
Parenting styles and practices in youth sport

Collaborative partners:

NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit
Sport Wales
Sport Northern Ireland
sports coach UK
Loughborough University
Norwegian School of Sport Science
Child and Adolescent Sport and Activity Lab, University of Alberta
Families in Sport Lab, Utah State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Parents
  • Youth sport
  • Sport Psychology
  • Qualitative Research

Publications

  1. Type 1 diabetes and physical activity: An assessment of knowledge and needs in healthcare practitioners. Journal of Diabetes Nursing 20(8), 271-277.
  2. & Exploring the role of sport in the development of substance addiction. Psychology of Sport and Exercise 28, 46-57.
  3. & Emotional experiences in youth tennis. Psychology of Sport and Exercise 29, 69-83.
  4. & A longitudinal examination of stressors, appraisals, and coping in youth swimming. Psychology of Sport and Exercise 29, 56-68.
  5. & Parenting in sport. Current Opinion in Psychology 16, 93-97.

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Teaching

  • SR-148 Psychological Dimensions of Sport 1:Understanding Children's Participation

    The module will provide students with an understanding of core psychological dimensions of sport, specifically applied to children. Students will examine fundamental theories of child development, talent development, motivation, competence, anxiety and the role of significant others in sport. The module provides an essential base for progression to the level 2 module SR-256 Psychological Dimensions in Sport 2: Developing Excellence in Adolescents, where fundamental psychological concepts surrounding the development of excellence in adolescent athletes are discussed.

  • SR-260 Psychological Dimensions of Sport 2: Excellence in Adolescent athletes

    The module will introduce students to the fundamental psychological concepts surrounding the development of, and issues associated with, excellence in athletes. Students will examine theories relating to the role of social processes in developing sporting talent including: mental toughness, team dynamics, coach-athlete relationships and sporting transitions. The module is closely linked to SR-326 Psychological Dimensions of Sport 3: Working with Elite Performers.

  • SR-M00 Social science research in sport and exercise

    This module will provide students with an in-depth understanding of social science research methods as they apply within sport and exercise science. Specifically, students will gain an appreciation for key ethical considerations pertaining to working within the field of sport and exercise science, conducting research with special populations, conducting research utilising a variety of qualitative research methods, and finally maximising the quality of research programmes and translating findings into practice.

  • SRE704 Research methods and skills

  • SRE710 Dissertation module

  • SREM03 Research Methods and Skills

    The ability to critically appraise literature, evaluate research, and conduct research studies is fundamental to developing the field of sport ethics and integrity. This module provides students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of research methods and skills and to apply this knowledge to answer research questions pertinent to the field.

  • SREM05 Dissertation: Sports Ethics, Integrity and Governance

    A supervised programme of reading and critical reflection upon an agreed topic area within sports ethics and integrity leading to the production of a written dissertation not exceeding 20,000 words.

Supervision

  • An investigation into the psychological needs of elite young athletes. (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Vicky Lovett
  • Impact of a goal-setting intervention on coaches working with elite youth athletes. (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Joanne Hudson
  • An Investigation of Parenting Styles & Practices in Youth Sport: A Multi-Cultural Perspective (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Joanne Hudson
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Vicky Lovett
  • Developing a support programme for parents of young footballers. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Tom Love
  • Parenting in sport: Relationship quality, sporting development, and wellbeing. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Vicky Lovett
  • 'Understanding athlete experiences of transitions in elite swimming.' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Mellalieu

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2012 2013 Post Doctoral Fellowship University of Alberta
2008 2012 PhD Physical Education and Recreation University of Alberta.
2006 2007 MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology Loughborough University
2003 2006 BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science Loughborough University

Key Grants and Projects

  • Research grant 2012 - 2013

    Holt, N. L., Knight, C. J., Dunn, J. G. H., & Kennedy, M. Parents and coaches’responses to game situations in University sport. Sport Science Association of Alberta , $5170

  • Research grant 2012 - 2013

    Holt, N. L., & Knight, C. J. Coaching at summer camps: What and how are coaches trying to teach children? University of Alberta Endowment Fund for the Future (EFF) Advancement of Scholarship (SAS) Fund., $4,720

  • Research grant 2010 - 2012

    Knight, C. J., & Holt, N. L. Optimizing parental involvement in junior tennis. International Tennis Federation, Player Development department , $2,000

  • Research grant 2015

    Kilduff, L. K., Knight, C. J., (co-PI), Shearer, D., Cook, C. Welsh Institute of Performance Science. Sport Wales , £290,000

  • Research grant 2015

    Love, T. D., Knight, C. J., & Black, K. Promoting physical health in elite athletes: Understanding of exercise and non-exercise based injury prevention strategies. International Olympic Committee Advanced Research Grants , $6000

  • Research grant 2015

    Knight, C. J., & Love, T. D. At exploration of parents’ knowledge and application of key nutritional and psychological principles to enhance children’s involvement and performance in sport. Sport Wales Illuminate Fund , £2456

  • Research grant 2014

    Knight, C. J., & Mabbett, I. Overcoming the myths of qualitative research: An exploration of lecturers’ and students’ perceptions of qualitative research as science. Swansea University Research Enabling Fund , £2053.20

  • Research grant 2014

    Knight, C. J., Bracken, R., Lowe, R., Bain, S., & Edwards, M. An exploration of the psychosocial factors influencing physical activity engagement by individual with Type 1 Diabetes. Swansea University Research Enabling Fund , £2982.60

  • Research grant 2014

    Knight, C. J., & Harwood, C. G. A developmental examination of the role of the entourage in supporting elite athlete performance and educational outcomes. International Olympic Committee Advanced Research Grants , 17,700 CHF