Competition is an important part of the sport experience. Finding the right competition experiences are critical to positive athlete and team development. This session will introduce the concept of meaningful competition and how sport leaders can examine their competition structures and formats through a meaningful competition lens.
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.
The workshop will explore the power of NCCP coaching qualification minimum standards in competition on the field of play. This session will focus on describing the value and impact of coach certification on quality sport delivery. Learn about aligning NCCP certification with the level of competition and LTAD, as well as standards of competition when it comes to legislation. Hear about successful practices of sports who have aligned coach requirements with the level of competition , the positive impact of coaching requirements on the field of play, as well as explore what the potential impact is if requirements are not established nor met.
*Participating NCCP Certified Coaches and Coach Developers will receive 1 NCCP PD Point!