Many scientists struggle to take time away from the never-ending demands of research — and to flout the pervasive culture of overwork — to pursue personal interests., The first step in cultivating a hobby is to deliberately set aside personal time in which to pursue it, says Bailey Sousa, Clark’s co-author and director of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology at the University of Alberta., He spends up to ten hours per week on hobbies, and explained in a 2013 blogpost that he found a good work–life balance when maintaining three extracurricular interests., Hertzberg has enjoyed building with Lego since she was a child, and Clark says that looking back at childhood interests is a great place to start when seeking a hobby., Dean Simonton, a retired psychologist at the University of California, Davis, suggests that researchers analyse their own dispositions for clues about which pastimes might be the best fit for them.

Associations in different sports across the country are bleeding participation numbers, like B.C. Soccer, which said its enrolment fell seven per cent from last year., “(Parents) are aspiring for their kids to reach that really, really high plateau, when what they should be doing is just loving watching them play, and encouraging them to try as many sports as they can,” said Delta’s Glen Mulcahy, who started Paradigm Sports, a resource for coaches and parents, about five years ago., Playing multiple sports provides a physical literacy, a base of fundamental movement that crosses sports and prevents overuse injuries when the body is still too young to handle those repetitive motions., One local physiotherapist at a large athlete development centre has a 14-year-old in elite sports, who trains nearly the entire year round, obsessing over the data and information that comes with wearable technology., The summer after the Team B.C. player spent a month in an air cast, and a summer before she was to attend the Point Grey campus, Lalonde blew out the same knee — her ACL, MCL and meniscus, for the second time — and spent her first two weeks at UBC rolling around campus in a wheelchair.

Hart, named the Canadian Hockey’s League’s top goaltender the last two seasons and owner of some jaw-dropping statistics, attributes a lot of his success to John Stevenson, a sports psychologist who has worked with many pro athletes, including Braden Holtby, the gifted goaltender who helped Washington win its first Stanley Cup earlier this month., Stevenson “was my first goalie coach when I was 10 years old,” said Hart, who will be one of the marquee prospects on display when the Flyers open their development camp in Voorhees on Thursday., Hart, whose goalie coach in the Western Hockey League says he reminds him of (gulp) Carey Price because of his mobility, said he started using Stevenson as a sports psychologist when he was 11 or 12., During the season, while playing for the WHL’s Everett Silvertips in Washington, about 30 miles north of Seattle, Hart tried to call the Edmonton-based Stevenson at least once a week to check in and fine-tune his mental approach to hockey., Stevenson, who used to be the goalie coach for the Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators and now does mental work with military and medical professionals, said Hart was so intent on making the Flyers last year — even though he just turned 19 — that “he just overdid it” and wore himself down.