Sport can provide important health and social benefits to all those involved. Life-long learning, enjoyment and participation in sport comes from a culture which is fun, positive, ethical and safe. These resources can help create a safer environment for sport.
Safety and Injury Prevention Resources
#ERASEbullying in Sport - A sport environment that is positive, respectful, engaging and accessible for all participants – particularly children and youth – encourages individuals to join and stay in sport throughout their lives. Negative experiences, such as bullying, on the other hand, can be harmful and cause individuals to quit. That's why viaSport and the B.C. Government want to ensure that bullying is not tolerated in our locker rooms, on our playing fields or in our bleachers and have launched #ERASEbullying in Sport. Join sport organizations and individuals across B.C. in taking the pledge to erase bullying in sport. viaSport's #ERASEbullying in Sport website also has resources to help you and your sport promote a positive, inclusive and respectful environment for every one, at every level of participation.
Sports and Recreation Injury Prevention - British Columbians engage in a variety of sport, recreation and leisure activities throughout the year. These activities have many benefits to a person’s health and social well-being. At the same time, participation in sports and recreation often comes with some inherent risk of injury. The most common types of sports injuries in B.C. are related to cycling, skiing/snowboarding, all-terrain vehicle use, playground use, hockey and skateboarding. Children and youth aged 10 to 19 years old sustain the greatest number of sports injuries.
The risk of injury, however, shouldn’t stop individuals from participating in physical activity. Becoming aware of the risks involved in an activity, learning to manage those risks, and making healthy choices are important steps in preventing dangerous risk-taking behaviours and injuries.
CATT Online - Concussion Awareness Training Tool - developed by the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, in partnership with the B.C. Government, B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation, Child Health BC and others, this website provides free online resources for players, parents, coaches, educators and health professionals on how to manage sport concussions.
Active & Safe Central, developed by the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, is a resource for children, youth and adults who engage in or facilitate sport and recreational activities, providing information on common injuries, risk factors, and injury prevention for their activity of choice. This website is based on current and available research evidence from around the world.
SportMedBC is a professional not-for-profit society that promotes leadership, public awareness and education in the areas of sport medicine, sport science and sport training. Its programs provide education on running and walking, nutrition, injury prevention and treatment.
- SportSafe Coaches Game Plan (pdf)
- SportSafe Parent Contract (pdf)
- SportSafe Parent Information on Preventing Harassment and Abuse (pdf)
- SportSafe Volunteer Screening (pdf)
- SportSafe Facility Behavior Policy Template (pdf)