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!
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.
Quality sport experiences include developmentally appropriate rules. This session will outline the relationship of meaningful competition with the rules of the event, game or tournament. Do the rules in your sport and in competition reinforce the long-term athlete development stage priorities? Sport leaders including board members, officials, and coaches will understand that rules are important for safety and fairness but also for athlete development.
Jim Moss, gold-medal winning, Lacrosse Hall of Fame athlete and recent Canadian Innovator of the Year, will describe how we all can be happy and high-performing people in work and in life. Jim will share how his personal experience resulted in post-traumatic growth versus post-traumatic stress and inevitably leading him to become an expert in psychological capital, otherwise known as the HEOR traits (Hope, Efficacy, Resilience, Optimism). Jim will teach attendees how to build up their own HERO skills to that they too can be happier, higher performing and handle life’s stress more effectively.
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.
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.
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.