Safe4Sports Prevention Program

The Safe4Sports Prevention Program is based on three main pillars – Awareness, Actions and Attitude. Within these underpinnings the main sources of intervention are: Physical Preparation, Protective Equipment, Situational Awareness and Sportsmanship & Ethics. The coach is the focal point of the program’s success but parents, administrators, official and the athletes themselves are each tasked with roles and responsibilities.

The Safe4Sports Prevention Program provides leadership and practical steps towards prevention by empowering sport organizations, sport administrators, parents, and players to become more aware and more actively involved in the process of making sport safe. Because serious sport injuries are multi-factorial, we as advocates of sport have identified the ability of each stakeholder to engage and become active participants in the prevention of injuries.

The coach is to become the main advocate of safer sport participation; by building knowledge of effective play, demonstrating abilities to improve play, while nurturing a lifelong enjoyment in the sport. The Safe4Sports coach has tremendous influence on players, parents and the team’s various sport supporters. A well-prepared and trained coach affects a large number of individuals in a sporting community and can become a “Champion” of a safer sport culture.

Administrators also have a key role and responsibility to the game. They are the facilitators, evaluators, guides and sponsors of safe play.

The parent/guardian can become an “active spectator” in safety. Their responsibility begins with selection of an appropriate sport program and then continues as they nurture their athlete’s development.

The Safe4Sports Prevention Program, provides tangible resources and tools to aid coaches, administrators, parents and athletes for all ages and at all levels of play.

Shoot for a Cure believes that our Safe4Sports Prevention Program is able to build sport leaders to act as “catalysts of change” and “Champions” of a “better and safer game”. The Safe4Sports Prevention Program is a compete resourceful guide with the prevention of serious injury in sport as its ultimate goal.

As previously described the Safe4Sports Prevention Program is supported by the main philosophical tenants of Awareness, Actions, and Attitude. For example, awareness of the fact that serious injury is preventable: that a process and procedures can act to eliminate and control exposures that all stakeholders must be engaged and support one another in safe outcomes. As the second requirement, actions must be identified, understood and delegated to those stakeholders of sport who are competent and able to perform the actions in a consistent manner. Lastly, attitudes that are aligned with safe play, citizenship, and appropriate stages of competition and development, that match to the athlete’s age and needs, must be supported in sport.

The Safe4Sports Prevention Program main sources of intervention are selected as the “leading indicators” of safe play. They are:

Physical Preparation

An athlete’s ability to prepare themselves through physical activation strategies is a vital injury prevention strategy. This ancillary and transferable skill is an inclusive skill required as a core competency for every athlete. With focus on stability, dynamic flexibility and functional strength key strategies to engage are emphasized.

Protective Equipment

Individual protective equipment acts to prevent minor and serious injury is a key factor in prevention. Parents, athletes, equipment managers/trainers, coaches and even officials each have important oversight in ensuring equipment is up to standard and worn as intended.

On-Ice Situational Awareness

Leading, organizing and teaching a hockey athlete correct fundamentals, techniques and tactics at the right time are a key strategy to prevent injury. Equipping players with a skill set matched to their age and stage ensures safe play.

Sportsmanship & Ethics

Linking to the potential for sport to create opportunities for ethical and moral development just doesn’t happen. Sportsmanship, ethics and the values of sport, when practiced, provide the parameters for safe play. Teams must practice and reward safe play behavior systematically.

Malcolm Sutherland
HBPHE, MSc. Kin., ChPC

Safe4Sports Appraisal & Registry – Utilizing the Safe4Sports matrix our expert schedules observation of practice and competitive events (2-3 events) a safe sport score is generated with “leading indicators of prevention” highlighted and areas of need established. Post evaluation a detailed summary is provided along with shared advice and solutions. Participation guarantees registration of the evaluated team to Safe4Sports registry. Members receive on-going resources, mentorship and receive recognition on the StopConcussion website.

Safe4Sports Clinic(s) – These clinics are well situated in pre-season and/or just prior to the competitive season for teams. Players, coaches and administrators benefit from off-ice seminars designed for their specific roles and responsibilities in prevention. An additional parent session may also be added. In addition, on-ice clinics teaching movement concepts, fundamentals and the 4 leading indicators are provided in hourly sessions led by our trained expert instructors.

Safe4Sports Team Seal – Teams that become members and that demonstrate maintenance and improvement in preventative practices based on re-evaluation and scoring on the Safe4Sports matrix will earn the Safe4Sports Seal as recognition of their accomplishment. Published recognition will be offered to teams and cresting, insignia and clothing options provided.

Safe4Sports MHA Training & Symposia – Individual seminar and/or larger on-demand symposia and training can be requested to fit into your event.

Safe4Sports Mentorship & Resources – Access to our experts and specific resources can be requested on an request basis. Access to these services are.

Please contact Toni Miil
tel. 416 453 0739