Injury is a clear threat to quality sport programming and a lead factor in sport withdrawal for young people in Canada. Where, when, why and to whom injuries occur in recreational and high performance sport remains largely unknown. In the modern environment where basic technology allows instant sharing of information across the globe it is unacceptable that collectively we do not know a simple count of how many concussions, ACL, or broken arm injuries occur in organized sport programming in Canada. Further, the lack of granular information precludes organizations from implementing strategies to create safer pathways to performance and improve the overall experience of the athlete. Preventing injury is not about eliminating the fundamentals of the activities, but rather enhancing the strategic operation of the organization to provide the best possible outcome for athletes within the parameters of that activity. Measuring injury is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure injury, you can’t understand, control or improve it. This presentation will highlight a Canadian solution – Play Safe Injury Tracker – that leverages today’s technology to provide a free web-enabled platform for sport organizations to address the gaps described earlier. The online tool was developed through extensive multi-sector consultation and has been successful in tracking injury at multi-sport and single sport competitions. Together we can build a national injury surveillance strategy to enhance the Canadian sport system and drive quality experiences for all participants.
Do you think that only coaches are involved in periodization? Sport Leaders are important decision makers and have a significant role to play in placing competitions at the right time of the season. This session will provide an overview of why competition calendar planning is critical to the development of athletes at all stages and will highlight how sport leaders can be instrumental in strategic placement of priority competitions. “The Peridiodization of the Competition Calendar” workbook will be used to provide a quick view of a process that will highlight important decision points for the Sport Leader. This session will examine:
- Purpose of competition by stage
- Training to competition ratios;
- Developmentally-appropriate frequency, volume, and intensity of training and competition;
- Limited number of priority competitions each year on which to focus;
- Development of athleticism by allowing adequate time to be spent on physical preparation and recovery.
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.