Join us to understand the critical role of sport in ensuring a safe environment for Canada’s youth beyond the field of play. Canada’s NCCP coaches are central to the quality sport delivery. The environment surrounding the playing field needs to match expected standards with appropriate processes to protect youth. Learn about three key initiatives to protect the participant experience through three key themes in the rule of two; screening and education.
*Participating NCCP Certified Coaches and Coach Developers will receive 1 NCCP PD Point!
2016 was a banner year for women and sport in Canada, but statistics reveal that we are still far from having a sport system that is fair and equal for girls and women. Where do we go from here? This session will provide a review of the current landscape and the key factors that are informing CAAWS’s (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport) vision as the leading voice for women and sport in Canada. Through discussion, participants will have a forum to explore the major themes and to provide input to the strategic direction for women and sport, both nationally and provincially. Participants will leave with greater insight into the landscape and opportunities to advance this topic in 2017 and beyond.
The Athlete Development Matrix (ADM) provides a sport curriculum that will ideally lead to training processes that are intentionally designed to meet stage appropriate objectives. Assessment should provide evidence that athletes have improved in relation to identifiable objectives of LTAD and the ADM. This session will highlight meaningful competition as a vital form of assessment and evaluation of athlete outcomes, aligning competition with the sport curriculum (ADM) is a clear priority for LTAD.
This session will examine how the Alberta Sport Development Centres (Calgary and Capital Regions) have successfully implemented a sport science program across the diverse provincial sport system. Details will be shared on the strategic partnerships that have been established and why this program achieves outcomes related to both the Alberta Sport Plan and other provincial & national objectives. Shared experiences from both the ASDC’s and the PSA’s perspective, will highlight how these partnerships have been able to enhance the sport science services available to Alberta’s identified athletes and coaches. A short Q & A will end this session to provide other PSA’s with an opportunity to explore these types partnerships.
Concurrent Session 2D – Pathway to Safety and Risk Management: Approaches to Creating a Safe Environment
This session will highlight some key initiatives that are important in meeting the standards expected of sport governing bodies by parents, players and society in general. With the implementation of these initiatives also come challenges and the session will identify some of these challenges discussing ways that they can be mitigated. Finally the session will investigate some new approaches to managing risk within sport.
Concussion is a significant injury that can impact an athlete in many ways beyond their sport experience. As recently highlighted at the Governor General’s Conference on Concussion in Sport, we can and must do better. Prevention is the key as there is no cure for this injury. Sport organizations have a duty of care to protect their participants, but what does that mean when it comes to concussion? Concussion policy development is challenging in a sport environment, but it doesn’t have to be a headache. An effective concussion policy is an important element of quality sport programming. Not only can it reduce the risk of concussion to athletes but also helps to promote healthier return to practice and performance. There is no “gold standard” policy that is appropriate to apply across the different sports and levels of competition. However, there are 5 key elements that, when included in a policy, are known to be effective in reducing injury risk and support healthy return to play. This presentation will review the rationale for developing a comprehensive approach and the internationally consistent and evidence-based components that should be included in every sport organization’s concussion policy. Additionally, the presentation will include a checklist, based on the 5 key elements, for session attendees to evaluate their organization’s policy or use to develop one.