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The goal is to make sport safer for children and the vulnerable sector. Although advances in athlete protection in the past twenty years have decreased instances of athlete maltreatment in amateur sport, incidents of athlete abuse, harassment by coaches, and risks to athlete safety have continued to occur.
To reduce risk in sport, the Responsible Coaching Movement focuses on three key areas: Rule of Two, Background Screening, and Ethics & Respect Training.
The Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport has been developed to ensure that athletes with a suspected concussion receive timely and appropriate care, and proper management to allow them to return to their sport.
This guideline is intended for use by all stakeholders who interact with athletes inside and outside the context of school and non-school based organized sports activity, including athletes, parents, coaches, officials, teachers, trainers and licensed healthcare professionals.
Concussion Recognition Tool
All athletes, parents, players, and volunteers should be able to recognise when a concussion may have happened and recognise the basic symptoms. The Concussion Recognition Tool 5 highlights Red Flags indicating emergency medical attention must be sought. It also outlines how to identify a possible concussion after an injury has occurred and explains what the next step should be.
Sport Concussion Assessment Tool
The SCAT 5 is a standardized tool for evaluating concussions. The Child SCAT 5 is used when evaluating children aged 5-12 years.
Both of these tools are to be used my physicians and licensed healthcare professionals only. A medical professional (doctor, athletic therapist, nurse, other specialist) may use this tool once the athlete has been removed from play and is suspected to have sustained a concussion. This evaluation is typically done either in a medical setting (clinic, hospital) or in a quiet space away from play. If you are a coach/parent/volunteer, your job is to recognize a concussion may have occurred and remove the athlete from play, using the Concussion Recognition Tool above to determine next steps.
To Contact Alberta Health Link and speak to a Registered Nurse for health advice or to find local services 24/7, call 811. You can also go to MyHealth.Alberta for non-emergency health information.MyHealth.Alberta