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.
Before coaches can maintain their certification, they need to be certified! In the competency-based NCCP, coach conversion rates from “trained” to “certified” status continue to be a focus of the partnership. This session will look at sport examples of effectively preparing coaches with the required skills and knowledge to get evaluated. As an added bonus, see how the Locker VIP Reports can be used to support this process.
*Participating NCCP Certified Coaches and Coach Developers will receive 1 NCCP PD Point!
Critical to the success of any strategic plan is how effectively the organization tracks progress. Tracking methods must be easy to work with and updates on progress must be easy for everyone in the organization to understand. In this workshop you will work through practical methods of tracking progress that are intuitive and easy to share with key members of your organization. You will never waste another strategic planning exercise again as the tracking method will be built into your strategic plan!!