PLAYER HEALTH & SAFETY

Soccer is a contact sport and injuries are a reality each time a player steps onto the field.  Everyone is encouraged to be aware of player safety and take the steps necessary to reduce the participants exposure to risk.  Below are a few resources for coaches, players and parents to reference to better promote safe and healthy sporting experience for all participants.

Please review the information provided below and contact the office should you require further assistance.

Severe Weather & Lightning Policy
CSA Severe Weather Policy (PDF)
Lighting Safety on the Soccer Field (a brief video by Environment Canada)
Canadian Lightning Danger Map (from Environment Canada)

Athletic Performance and Injury Prevention
FIFA 11+ Injury Prevention Program
Sport For Life – Movement Preparation (appropriate for 6yrs and older)

Concussion Recognition
Concussions are one of the most overlooked issue in youth sports.  If there is any suspicion of a concussion you should remove that player from activity or competition immediately.

Canadian Soccer Association Concussion Guidelines
Concussion Awareness Training Tool (all players, parents and coaches should complete this brief online course)
FIFA’s Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool
Coach.ca – Concussion Awareness for parents, coaches and athletes

Return to Play Guidelines for concussions and other injuries
After a Concussion Guidelines – (excellent step by step guide for a full return to activity)
American College of Sports Medicine Return to Play Guidelines for other types of injury (relevant for players and coaches)

Nutrition
FIFA Nutrition for Football
Sip Smart BC (Helping your child to make healthy drink choices)

Muscle Cramping
It happens to some more than others.  This resource can help you monitor and appropriately address your muscle cramping.

Canadian Sport Centre Fact Sheet – Cramping

Additional Resources
BC Soccer Sport Accident Insurance Claims (all ICSF members can access additional sport accident insurance – claims must be made by the family on the injured player within 30 days of the incident)
Healthy Families BC (Helping British Columbians to make healthier choices)

As always, please contact ICSF for further support.