Special Olympics Canada recognizes our responsibility to prioritize creating a safe sport environment free of abuse, harassment or discrimination for all participants, including athletes, coaches, volunteers, officials, and administrators.
Are you a victim or witness of harassment, abuse or discrimination in sport? Contact the Canadian Sport Helpline to share your concerns and be referred to the appropriate resources.
Open from 8 am to 8 pm (ET) 7 days a week, it is anonymous, confidential, independent and bilingual:
SAFE SPORT POLICIES
Special Olympics Canada and its Chapters recognize the recent development of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS).
A suite of policies is currently in development in partnership with Sport Law and Strategy Group (SLSG). Our existing policies, and new policies as they are available, can be found below and will continue to be updated here.
Special Olympics Canada recognizes that participation in any sport or physical activity has some risk of head injuries, including concussions. The information on this page will help you learn more about concussions and how Special Olympics Canada and its Chapters are addressing concussions to support the health and safety of all our athletes and volunteers.
Concussion Awareness Resources
A concussion is a type of brain injury that affects how a person’s brain functions. Special Olympics Canada suggests the resources below to learn more about concussions and how to prevent, recognize and manage these injuries.
- Concussion Guide for Parents and Caregivers
- Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) for Parents and Caregivers e-learning
For Coaches and Volunteers
Residents of Ontario have unique requirements for concussion awareness under Rowan’s Law. Learn more.
For more information about concussions, visit parachute.ca
Special Olympics Canada Concussion Policy, Protocol and Tools
The Special Olympics Canada Pan-Canadian Concussion Policy and Protocol will be followed at all organization-sanctioned events.
This protocol explains all the steps to follow, from annual concussion education through safe return-to-sport after a concussion.
This tool can be used by anyone to help recognize a possible concussion in Special Olympics athletes. Any athlete with a suspected concussion must be removed from participation and medically assessed.
This letter should be provided to athletes with a suspected concussion, to take to their doctor. It confirms whether a concussion has been diagnosed or not.
This letter should be provided to athletes with a diagnosed concussion, to be signed by their doctor. It confirms when the athlete has recovered and can return to full sport participation with no restrictions.