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.
Sport organizations and teams benefit from looking back and assessing their performance. If done properly it provides an opportunity to celebrate success, encourage the continuation of effective behavior and, possibly most importantly, address what is standing in the way of organizational goals. In this workshop participants will learn how effective assessment can take place in the world of sport where stakes are high, egos are in play and resources may (or may not) be limited. Learn how to create a simple framework that allows you to plan, grade and celebrate!
An update on the latest evidence on the detection, assessment and treatment of sport-related concussion will be presented. The output from the recent 5th Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport that was held in Berlin in October of 2016 will be shared and new tools that have been developed will be shared with the group through a practical session and case examples.
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.
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.
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.
Inclusion and equity for girls and women in sport is a growing priority for funders, governments, and society at large. It can also be an effective strategy for expanding the pipeline of participants, coaches, officials, and leaders. Aligning your organization with these priorities and this potential will help to position your sport for greater long-term success. This session will explore the efforts, impacts, challenges and learnings of two PSOs that have introduced initiatives aimed at improving gender equity in their sport. Drawing on these insights, the session will highlight key approaches that leaders and organizations can take in advancing their own initiatives.