Safe Sport

Safe Sport is the commitment to building a sport community where all participants can train, work, play and learn in an enjoyable, safe and positive sporting environment. Ontario Sport Network is committed to providing credible information, tools and resources in partnership with commendable expert organizations in the following areas:

Safe Play

Promoting Safe Play information, policies and behaviours both on and off the “field” will assist in setting a standard for Safe Sport across Ontario. The resources on this page are meant to assist both organized and non-organized sports in understanding and providing a safe environment for all involved.

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Concussion Management

Concussions are the most common form of traumatic brain injuries. Sports-related concussions are the most common type of concussions among older children and teenagers and can occur in any sport or recreational activity. For this reason, concussion protocol has become a focus area for Provincial Sport Organizations in order to appropriately educate athletes, parents, coaches, administrators and sport communities at large. Parachute Canada and Coaches Association of Ontario have developed numerous resources in alignment with Rowan’s Law, for all participants and stakeholders of sport.

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Mental Health

Mental Health is a key aspect of wellness and performance for all participants of sport and physical activity. The term refers to the state of well-being and ability to cope with the normal stresses of life. It spans across a large spectrum ranging from thriving benefits to debilitating challenges. Promoting the benefits of sport, physical activity and exercise on mental health and well-being is the first step in addressing the stigma around mental illness and encourages the ability to seek support and services available.

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Ontario Sport Network believes in a safe, welcoming and inclusive sport system. We welcome individuals to our network regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status or disability.

Ontario Sport Network is committed to provide the up-to-date resources to PSOs, athletes, parents, coaches, officials, volunteers and others in order feel that they belong and their voices are heard.

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Addressing Maltreatment

Addressing Maltreatment in Sport across Ontario is a key pillar of Safe Sport. Ontario Sport Network's committment in providing a safe and healthy sport environment for all participants incorporates key resources, support and avenues for reporting all forms of maltreatment in sport inclusive of physical and physchological maltreatment.

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The development of a more inclusive sport sector across Ontario will ensure equitable access to sport for all persons living with disabilities. Providing credible resources to participants and sport organizations and working with experts in the area, is what the Ontario Sport Network is committed to as a step to increasing opportunities and breaking down barriers, making sport more accessible.

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