William  Bridel

William Bridel



Associate Professor

Faculty of Kinesiology

Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs

Faculty of Kinesiology

Contact information


Office: KNB140


Educational Background

Ph.D. Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University, 2011

M.A. Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, 2006

B.A. Sociology, York University, 1997


Areas of Research

Gender, Sexuality and Sport
Bullying in Sport
Sport-Related Pain and Injury

Dr. William Bridel specializes in sociocultural aspects of sport, physical activity, and the body. Current projects include investigations of LGBTQI2S+ inclusion in sport, as well as inclusion and safe sport policy. He is also interested in sport-related pain and injury, with a recent focus on athletes’ experiences of sport-related concussion.


Course number Course title Semester
KNES 444 LEC 01 01 Critical Perspectives on Body 2022


  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award , University of Calgary . 2021
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Kinesiology (Honourable Mention), Students' Union, University of Calgary. 2018
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Kinesiology, Students' Union, University of Calgary. 2017
  • Annual Fellow, Calgary Institute for the Humanities. 2020
  • Award for Curriculum Development, Co-lead, Faculty of Kinesiology Curriculum Review Team. 2021


  • “I Kinda’ Lost My Sense of Who I Was”: Foregrounding Youths’ Experiences in Critical Conversations About Sport-Related Concussions. Kevin Viliunas; Kathryn Schneider; Danika Kelly; William Bridel; Matt Venstresca. Routledge. (2019)
  • “What Do you Mean you Don’t Play Hockey…You a Queer or Somethin’?” Reflections on Life as a Non-Hockey Playing Canadian Boy . William Bridel. Overcoming the Neutral Zone Trap: Hockey’s Agents of Change. (2021)
  • It Was a Good Day if I Wasn’t Called a Queer, a Faggot, or a Sissy: Reflections of a Male Figure Skater Turned Scholar. William Bridel. Information Age Publishing. 27-33. (2018)
  • Endurance Running: A Socio-Cultural Examination. William Bridel, Co-edited with Pirkko Markula and Jim Denison. (2016)

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