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Nick Wattie
PhD

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Science Building - Room 2053
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 2248

nick.wattie@uoit.ca


Research topics

  • sport psychology
  • athlete development
  • sport expertise
  • positive youth development
  • athlete health
  • athlete morbidity and mortality
  • relative age effects
  • birthplace effects
  • talent identification
  • parasport

Background

Dr. Nick Wattie earned a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (BPHE) and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Life Sciences from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, before completing his master's degree in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University in Toronto, Ontario. With the funding support of a Carnegie Centenary Bursary and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship, Nick went on to complete his doctorate at Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. After earning his PhD, Nick returned to Canada to carry out a postdoctoral fellowship at York University.

 

Education

Courses taught

Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level:

  • Health and Exercise Psychology
  • Selected Topics in Physical Activity and Health
  • Growth, Maturation and Physical Activity
  • Motor Skill Development
  • Skill Development and Motor Control

Courses taught at the graduate level:

  • Current Issues in the Psychology of Skilled Performance

Research and expertise

Research area of specialty:

  • athlete development
  • constraints on sport expertise
  • epidemiology
  • positive youth development
  • skill acquisition and motor development

Research background and interests:

Dr. Wattie has two primary areas of research interest:

  • Psychosocial and environmental constraints on sport participation and sport expertise.
  • The psychosocial and physical health outcomes associated with sport participation.
  • Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
  • Leeds Metropolitan University
  • University of Windsor
  • York University
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Insight Development Grant (2014-2016). Proposal title: Ties that bind - Relationships between age relative to peers, sport participation, educational attainment and positive development. Value: $62,626. Role: Principal Investigator.
  • Funding for Research in Applied Sport Science (RPASS). Proposal title: Gold Medal Profiles in Summer Olympic Sports. Value: $10,000.  Funding period: March 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014. Role: Co-Applicant.

Involvement

  • Book chapters
    • Baker, J., Lemez, S., and Wattie, N. (in press). Sport and longevity: Does being an elite athlete result in longer life? In J. Baker, J. Fraser-Thomas, and P. Safai (Eds.), Health and elite sport: Is high performance sport a healthy pursuit? London: Routledge.
    • Wattie, N., MacDonald, D.J., and Cobley, S. (in press). Birthdate and birthplace effects on expertise attainment. In J. Baker and D. Farrow (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Sport Expertise.
    • Baker, J., Wattie, N., and Schorer, J. (in press). Defining expertise: A taxonomy of skill levels for research in skill acquisition and expertise. In J. Baker and D. Farrow (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Sport Expertise.
  • Journal articles since 2007
    • Wattie, N., Schorer, J., and Baker, J. (2014). The relative age effect in sport: A developmental systems model. Sports Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s40279-014-0248-9.
    • Wattie, N., Tietjens, M., Schorer, J., Ghanbari, M-C., Strauss, B., Seidel, I., and Baker, J. (2014). Does relative age influence motor test performance of fourth grade pupils? European Physical Education Review, 20, 398-406.
    • Wattie, N., Tietjens, M., Schorer, J., Cobley, S., Baker, J., and Kurz, D. (2014). Relative age-related participation and dropout trends in German youth sports clubs. European Journal of Sport Science. 14, S213-220.
    • Kowalyk, T., Davis, C., Wattie, N., and Baker, J. (2014). No link between date of birth and Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms in adults. Journal of Attention Disorders, 18, 73-81.
    • Lemez, S., Baker, J., Horton, S., Wattie, N., and Weir, P. (2013). Examining the relationship between relative age, competition level, and dropout rates in male youth ice-hockey players. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport. doi:10.1111/sms.12127.          
    • Schorer, J., Wattie, N., and Baker, J.R. (2013). A New Dimension to Relative Age Effects: Constant Year Effects in German Youth Handball. PLoS ONE 8(4): e60336. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0060336.
    • Wattie, N. and Baker, J. (2013). Happy Birthday? Relative age and its influence on human development. The Psychologist, 26, 110-113.
    • Wattie, N. (2013). Relative age effects in education and sport: An argument for human, not statistical solutions. Radical Statistics, 108, 5-20.
    • Wattie, N., Schorer, J., Tietjens, M., Baker, J., and Cobley, S. (2012). Relative age effects in higher education: An investigation of potential long term impacts resulting from youth sport and education policiesTalent Development and Excellence, 4, 49-63.
    • Cobley, S., Wattie, N., Baker, J., and McKenna, J. (2011). Relative age effects in female contexts. Sports Medicine, 41, 87-90.
    • Baker, J., Cobley, S., Montelpare, W.J., Wattie, N., Faught, B., and The Ontario Hockey Research Group. (2010). Exploring proposed mechanisms of the relative age effect in Canadian Minor Hockey. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 41, 148-159.
    • Till, K., Cobley, S., Cooke, C., Wattie, N., and O’Hara, J. (2010). The Prevalence, Influential Factors and Mechanisms of Relative Age Effects in UK Rugby League. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport, 20, 320-329.
    • Wattie, N., Cobley, S., Macpherson, A., Montelpare, W.J., McKenna, J., Howard, A., and Baker, J. (2010). Constituent Year: A New Consideration for Injury Risk in Canadian Youth Ice Hockey. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 20, 113-116.
    • Baker, J., Schorer, J., Cobley, S., Schimmer, and Wattie, N. (2009). Circumstantial development and athletic excellence: The role of birth date and birth place. European Journal of Sport Science, 9, 329-339.
    • Cobley, S., Baker, J., Wattie, N., and McKenna, J. (2009). How pervasive are relative age effects in secondary school education?  Journal of Educational Psychology, 101, 520-528.
    • Cobley, S. Baker, J., Wattie, N., and McKenna, J. (2009). Annual Age-Grouping and Athlete Development: A Meta Analytical Review of Relative Age Effects in Sport. Sports Medicine, 39, 235-256. 
    • Wattie, N., Cobley, S., and Baker, J. (2008).  Toward a unified understanding of relative age effects.  Journal of Sports Sciences, 26, 1403-1409.
    • Wattie, N., Ardern, C.I., and Baker, J. (2008). Season of birth and prevalence of overweight and obesity in Canada.  Early Human Development, 84, 539-547.
    • Wattie, N., Cobley, S., Macpherson, A., Howard, A., Montelpare, W.J. and Baker, J. (2007).  Injuries in Canadian youth ice hockey: The influence of relative age.  Pediatrics, 120, 142-148.  
    • Wattie, N., Baker, J., Cobley, S., and Montelpare, W.J. (2007). A historical examination of relative age effects in Canadian hockey players.  International Journal of Sport Psychology, 38, 178-186. 
  • Presentations since 2010
    • Wattie, N., and Baker, J. (2013). The role of relative age, playing position, and height and weight in Canadian Hockey League draft selection. Abstract presented at the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS) annual conference at Kelowna, BC.
    • Wattie, N., and Baker, J. (2013). Draft Selection in the Ontario Hockey League: Does relative age play a role?  Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 35 (Supplement), S119.   
    • Redwood, J., Wattie, N., and Baker, J. (2013). The Australian Rugby Union: Resilient to relative age effects? A historical examination from 1868 to 1992. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 35, S111.
    • Lemez, S., Wattie, N., Baker, J. (2013). Does career start age affect lifespan longevity?  An examination of mortality in National Hockey League players. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 35 (Supplement), S97.
    • Wattie, N., Dehghansai, N., and Baker, J. (2012). An exploratory examination of career precocity and mortality in Professional Basketball Players. Poster presented at the SCAPPS annual conference at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    • Baker, J., Dehghansai, N., and Wattie, N. (2012). An Exploratory Examination of Mortality in Professional Football Players. Poster presented at the SCAPPS annual conference at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    • Schorer, J., Wattie, N., and Baker, J. (2012). Relative age effects in sport and education - An international problem of youth development. Paper presented at the German-Japanese Symposium, Development through sport and renewing its cultural value, at Münster, Germany. 
    • Wattie, N., Cobley, S., and McKenna, J. (2012). Exploring the relationships between relative age, components of physical literacy and positive youth development. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34 (Supplement), S298.
    • Wattie, N., Strachan, L., MacDonald, D.J., Cobley, S., and McKenna, J. (2012). Do sport participation and relative age moderate youths’ perceptions of internal and external developmental assets?  Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34 (Supplement), S299.
    • Wattie, N., Cobley, S., and McKenna, J. (2011). Relative age effects, recreational sport participation, and youth development. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI) Conference at Aylmer, Canada.
    •  Wattie, N. (2011). A study of relative age, recreational sport participation, and positive youth development.   Poster presented at the SCAPPS annual conference at Winnipeg, Manitoba.
    • Wattie, N. (2010).  Relative age effects, sport participation, and youth development. Poster presented at the 4th Annual Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI) Conference at Ottawa, Canada.
    • Cooke, C., Cobley, S., Till, K., and Wattie, N. (2010). Searching for sporting excellence: talent identification and development.  British Journal of Sports Medicine, 44 (Supplement 1). i66.
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