Safe Sport

BC Athletics Statement on Safe Sport

Canadian Sport Helpline | Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport

BC Athletics through Individual Members, Member Clubs, Parents/Guardians, Supporters, Board of Directors and Staff believes that all participants involved in Athletics (Track & Field, Road & Cross Country Running; Marathons/Ultras, Race Walking, Trail/Mountain Running) at whatever level and in whatever role have the right to take part in a safe and secure environment.

Whether Training, Competing, Officiating, Coaching, Administrating or Supporting - individuals must feel that they can do so free from abuse, harassment, discrimination or fear of reprisal.

BC Athletics, Athletics Canada, viaSport British Columbia and the Governments of British Columbia and Canada have Laws, Rules, Policies, Processes and Resources in place to help guide clubs and individuals to insuring a positive and safe environment for all involved.

BC Athletics is committed to a Safe Sport Environment and working with you to make your experience in Athletics a positive one.

In the sub menu you will find information and links for:

  • Resources
  • Policies and Rules
  • Processes
  • Contacts
  • Education and Training 

 

BC Athletics Safe Sport Statement (PDF)

SafeSport Resources & Information

  1. Parents
  2. Sport Organizations
  3. Coaches

Canadian Sport Helpline | Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport

Printable Version (PDF)

BC Athletics Policies & Resources

  • BC Athletics - Policies, Constitution, By-laws, Rules, Operating Procedures
  1. BC Athletics Policies on Equity - Access - Fair - Play
  2. BC Athletics Policy on Drugs in Sport
  3. BC Athletics Spectator Code of Conduct
  4. Constitution and By-laws - updated and approved October 16, 2019
  5. Operating Policies, Procedures, Rules, Regulations
  6. BC Athletics Appeals/Dispute Process
  7. BC Athletics Privacy Policy (all sections)
  8. BC Athletics Privacy Statement and Personal Information Protection: Summary
  9. BC Athletics Website and Publications Policy
  10. BC Athletics Risk Management Policy and Criminal Records Check Requirements
  11. BC Athletics Codes of Conduct
  12. Officials Code of Conduct
  13. BC Athletics Policy on Harassment (abridged)
  14. BC Athletics Policy on Harassment (complete)
  15. Criminal Records Check (CRC) BC Athletics requires that a CRC be done every 5 years (extended from 4 yrs at the BCA Brd Mtg of Jan 25/20) for all Coaches, Officials, Club and Provincial Association Directors and BC Athletics staff. Note: Members requiring a CRC must have it completed within 2 months of initiating the CRC.
  • Process
  1. BC Athletics Discipline: Complaints, Hearing and Appeals Process
  • BC Athletics Contacts are:
  1. BC Athletics Office – bcathletics@bcathletics.org / 604-333-3550
  2. BC Athletics Chair, Board of Directors – chair@bcathletics.org
  3. BC Athletics President/CEO – brian.mccalder@bcathletics.org / 604-333-3552
  4. BC Athletics Athlete Directors (3)
    1. John Gay – john.gay@bcathletics.org
    2. Rebecca Dutchak – rebecca.dutchak@bcathletics.org
    3. Nathan Riech – nate.riech@bcathletics.org

Presentations, Education, & Training

Please contact BC Athletics to discuss options and resources for presentations on Safe Sport. We can work with the Club(s) and connect you to the appropriate agencies who are trained to deliver/present information and training on Safe Sport.

Contact: BC Athletics: brian.mccalder@bcathletics.org / 604-333-3552

Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)

What Is Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)? It is a syndrome that can affect all athletes, of any age and any gender, especially those in "lean" sports such as Track & Field.

Why is RED-S harmful?  It impairs health and is associated with higher injury and illness risks. It reduces quality training time and performance.

What Causes Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)? RED-S is caused by low energy availability, which results from an imbalance in the energy the athlete gains from food relative to the energy the athlete expends.

When Can it Occur? Low energy availability can happen in or out of season.

Possible Health Consequences

  • Decreased bone health
  • Iron Deficiency
  • Increased Illness Risk
  • Increased Injury Risk
  • Depression

Possilble Performance Oucomes

  • Decreased Muscular Strength
  • Decreaseed Endurance 
  • Decreased Concentration 
  • Decreased Coordination
  • Impaired Judgement

Behavioural Signs & Symtoms:

  • Dieting that is unnecessary for health or sport performance 
  • Exercising while injured despite recommendations to modify activity
  • Self criticism concerning body weight, size/shape, and performance
  • Excessive, compulsive or rigid exercise routine beyond that recommended for training or performance 

Physical Signs & Symtoms: 

  • Recurrent injuries (i.e., stress fractures, muscle strains)
  • Unusually prolonged recovery from minor injuries
  • Recurrent acute injuries
  • Persistent fatigue or complaints of being overly tired
  • Irregular menstruation in females, late first period or stalled puberty

What You Can Do:

EDUCATE: Help prevent incidences of RED-S in athletes by informing them of the risks to performance and health posed by low energy availability. Familiarize yourself with resources in your community.

OBSERVE: Monitor the athlete for the signs listed below. Note any changes in athletes’ habits, attitudes or performances in practices or competition.

COMMUNICATE: If you observe signs of RED-S in an athlete, encourage them to seek medical attention from their family physician or a sports-medicine physician. Note that it is not your role to diagnose RED-S in athletes.

SUPPORT: Recovery from RED-S will likely involve long-term behavioural changes on the part of the athlete. It is important that athletes adhere to the recovery program prescribed by their healthcare team. Support the athlete by ensuring they are following the return to sport plan.

 


More Information / Resources

The SportMed Directory of Practitioners

Identifies sport medicine and sport science practitioners who have achieved additional qualifications in sports medicine as outlined by their respective professional colleges or associations and are dedicated.

Find a Sport Medicine Physician

Through the Canadian Association of Sport & Exercise Medicine (CASEM) locate a Sport Medicine Physcian in your local community. 


 

SFU STUDY: RELATIVE ENERGY DEFICIENCY IN SPORT & THE FEMALE ATHLETE TRIAD

Simon Fraser University is offering an online education workshop, which can be used for NCCP credits, on Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport and the Female Athlete Triad as part of a study.

If you are interested in participating in the study, please contact Braeden Charlton at Braeden_charlton@sfu.ca.


 

RED-S Awareness Pamphlet (Downloadable PDF)


 

Event: Relative Energy Deficiency In Sport (RED-S): How it can impact all sports and all athletes

Overview:

WHAT IS RED-S?

In 2014, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) convened a group of experts to address and update the topic of the female athlete triad (Triad). A critical review of the evolution of the body of science that has been published since the origin of the Triad in 1972 found that the syndrome is much broader than originally thought. In response to this discovery, the IOC introduced a broader, more comprehensive term known as ‘Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport’ or RED-S.

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