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Sport Sciences Resources for Clubs, Coaches & Skaters

This section contains sport science resources for WO coaches, skaters & clubs as developed by the former Skate Canada - Western Ontario Sport Sciences Committee.

Resources for Coaches & Skaters


Recommendations to WO Clubs


We would suggest that clubs assign a Medical/First Aid Convenor to be responsible for:

  1. maintaining the contents of the first aid box and first aid room
  2. storing of both the completed Club and Competition Injury Reports
Description of Documents
1. Club Injury Report
The Club Injury Report is to be completed by the attending individual (usually a coach) if an injury/accident occurs on a regular skating session. It is suggested that copies of the Club Injury Report should be kept in the first aid box ready to be used when an injury occurs. It is important to note that the Club Injury Report does not take the place of the injury report filled out by the staff at the facility being utilized.

2. Competition Injury Report
The Competition Injury Report is to be completed by a health-care provider at a competition hosted by the club.

*Once these reports (Club Injury Report or Competition Injury Report) are completed they should be retained in the club office. These reports are confidential and copies should only be released when there is written consent from the skater or skater’s parent/guardian. However, the health-care professional that provided the treatment for a skater at a competition may photocopy the Competition Injury Report they completed without the written consent of the skater or skater’s parent/guardian.*

3. Club Injury Report Summary
The Club Injury Report Summary is to be competed at the end of winter school and if present after summer school.

4. List of Contents for a First Aid Box
This list is a guideline for clubs to follow when they are assembling a club first aid box. This box should be checked and re-filled if needed September 1, January 1 and April 1.

5. Items in a Well-equipped First Aid Room
This is a recommended list for clubs to follow when setting up a first aid room.


Recommended First Aid Courses (based on Skate Canada Requirements, Mar/99)

The St. Johnís Ambulance and Red Cross courses continue to be the preferred first aid courses. However, in extenuating circumstances (most commonly geographic limitations or job related courses) other first aid courses may be considered for approval by the Section Coaching Committee and consequently be submitted for the purpose of certification and accreditation. If a course is approved, the Section Coaches Committee must advise the Coaches Certification Coordinator at the National Office, in writing so that the course can be added to the master list of approved first aid courses.

Courses other than St Johnís or Red Cross must satisfy the following five (5) criteria in order to be approved:

  • The course must be a minimum of 7 hours in length
  • The course must have an expiry of 3 years or less
  • The course must include a written test
  • The course must incorporate a practical component (e.g. slings, splints, etc.)
  • The course must be emergency related.

A Coach who is an active member of a group of licensed health care professionals (e.g. Firefighters, Nurses, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Police, Athletic Therapists, etc.) are not required to complete an additional first aid course for the purposes of certification and accreditation.

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