Part 6: Coaches and Safe Sport

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Coaches are a central element of the movement towards safer sport. In Part 6, we have two chapters written by experts in the coaching field, one from an academic perspective and the other from an organizational standpoint. Chapter 13 written by Michael Van Bussel, PhD, and Kirsty Spence, PhD, Professors of Sport Management at Brock Universityfocuses on sport relationships and the idea of relational risk management. By developing a care-driven model and relational risk management plan, Van Bussel and Spence explain how this can positively impact sport organizations, administrators, coaches, and athletes. 

In Chapter 14, the Coaching Association of Canada’s (CAC) Director of Sport Safety, and Director of Education Partnerships, Policy Development and Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) both offer their insight on the role of the coach in achieving safer sport. Isabelle Cayer and Peter Niedre write about the culture shifts that have impacted the safe sport movement, and the ways in which the CAC has taken action to offer and promote training and coach education for individuals and organizations looking to implement change. 

Abbreviations and Acronyms

Coaching Association of Canada

CAC

National Coaching Certification Program

NCCP

National Sport Organizations

NSO

Provincial-Territorial Coaching Representatives

PTCR

Provincial / Territorial Sport Organizations

P/TSO

Multiservice Sport Organizations

MSO

Chartered Professional Coach

ChPC

Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport

CCES

Responsible Coaching Movement

RCM

Make Ethical Decisions

MED

Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport

UCCMS

Communities of Practice

CoP

Canadian Centre for Child Protection

CCCP

High-Performance Director

HPD

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