Safe Sport Resources

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SAFE SPORT RESOURCES

Gymnastics Canada’s Safe Sport Framework encompasses the following topic areas:

ABUSE PREVENTION & RESPONSE | EQUITY & INCLUSION | HEALTH & WELLNESS | RISK MANAGEMENT

We will continue to add to this page as resources become available. If you would like to recommend a resource, please send it to emacpherson@gymcan.org.

ABUSE PREVENTION & RESPONSE

Gymnastics Canada is committed to ensuring that all of our participants are able to enjoy the sport in a safe and inclusive environment that is free of abuse, harassment, and discrimination. Ensuring that safe environment is a shared responsibility of each individual member in our gymnastics community.

Please see the following list for informational and practical resources related to Abuse Prevention and Response.

GYMNASTICS CANADA
FIG
INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
COACHING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
CANADIAN CENTRE FOR CHILD PROTECTION
KIDS HELP PHONE
OTHER
EQUITY & INCLUSION

Gymnastics Canada aims to support and encourage fair and equitable programming and opportunities for all participants. Our goal is to build awareness and understanding to support inclusivity at national, provincial, and club levels.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS
GENERAL WELLNESS

Our goal is to support and enhance the physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being of all individuals in the gymnastics community. Please see the following resources for more information.

Click here to visit the Olympic.Org Athlete 365 Hub and sign-up for courses related to coaching, sport injuries, sport psychology, media, nutrition, career transition, and other areas of wellness.

Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport: The CCMHS is a not-for-profit organization supporting the mental health and performance of competitive and high-performance athletes and coaches. It is the first Centre in Canada to offer collaborative sport-focused mental health care services designed to help athletes and coaches achieve their performance goals while preserving their mental health and well-being.

Services available: https://www.ccmhs-ccsms.ca/value-of-integrated-care
Phone: 613-454-1409
Email: info@ccmhs-ccsms.ca

ANTI-DOPING

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) is the custodian of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP); the set of rules that govern anti-doping in Canada. The CADP consists of several components such as in and out-of-competition testing, education, medical exemptions, and the consequences of doping violations. The CADP is designed to protect athletes’ rights and ensure a level playing field. It is compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and all international standards. Gymnastics Canada has adopted the CADP and you can be confident that you are part of a world-class anti-doping program. It is our goal to ensure all of our athletes are trained, protected, and treated fairly.

More information on the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport website.

CONCUSSION EDUCATION

Sports are a great way for children and youth to get exercise, make friends, and learn important life lessons. However, 40% of head injuries in children aged 10 to 14 occur during sport. Concussion is an invisible brain injury that cannot be seen by an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan. Coaches, teachers, parents, teammates, and medical professionals cannot diagnose concussed players just by looking at them.

Please click here to access resources of the International Gymnastics Federation including guidelines, overwiew and advice sheet.

Please click here to access a wealth of concussion related resources from SIRC’s Headstrong Campaign and Parachute Canada’s Concussion Toolkit, including, fact sheets, recognition and assessment tools, concussion protocol templates, and return-to-sport guidelines.

Coaching Association of Canada: Making Headway Concussion E-Learning

RISK MANAGEMENT

In Canada, every coach, judge, and Integrated Support Team (IST) member across all disciplines, attending Gymnastics Canada activities both domestically and internationally,must meet the following risk management requirements:

      • Enhanced criminal record check/Canada-wide police check/International police check – issued within 12 months of the date of the activity being attended (all)
      • Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders eLearning module (all)
      • True Sport Clean 101 Untracked eLearning module (coaches and IST only)
      • Coaching Association of Canada Making Head Way in Sport eLearning module (coaches and IST only)

If you have questions about these requirements, please consult this helpful FAQ document!

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Our goal is to support and enhance the physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being of all individuals in the gymnastics community. Please see the following resources for more information.