Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development - Sport

Sport Safety and Injury Prevention

Provincial sport organizations provide information about safety practices for their sport. As well, these websites have information about specific sport and recreation injury prevention:

Sport MedBC

BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit

Parachute (Canadian Injury Prevention groups such as ThinkFirst, SmartRisk, SafeKids)


The BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit has developed (Concussion Awareness Training Tool online resources), which helps people better recognize, manage and prevent concussions.

In less than half an hour, coaches, parents and athletes can learn about the impact a concussion can have on children and youth.  This free online tool is now available as a resource for up-to-date educational training on the recognition, management and prevention of concussions. The CATT plays a vital role in supporting coaches, parents and players to take the necessary steps to prevent long-term consequences of a concussion. It also provides information about the effects and treatment of concussions should such an injury occur. For more information or to use the tool go to


The SportSafe Program

British Columbia’s SportSafe program was introduced in 1998 to create a safer environment for kids in sport. SportSafe is designed to address safety issues such as harassment and abuse, violence, and sport and recreation injuries. SportSafe resources help clubs, individuals, coaches, volunteers and organizations create a safer environment for sport and recreation.

Positive and safe experiences in sport for children and youth can lead to lifelong participation and/or achievement in sport which helps them enjoy the important health and social benefits that sport provides. Injury prevention is a collective effort and includes safety practices such as using protective equipment, increasing education and awareness about risks and how to manage them, developing and enforcing sport rules and regulations that promote fairness and safety and having qualified and competent coaches and fitness leaders.


SportSafe Publications

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