Health / Safety

Player Safety

Playing Smart Soccer is a Safety Program of the Thinkfirst Foundation of Canada that has worked in conjunction with the Canadian Soccer Association (“CSA”).   Follow this link,  to get to the resource guide.  The guide covers a wide range of wellness considerations such as health, nutrition and injuries. Of particular note are the references for concussions (page 9 of the guide). 

Concussion Information

Thinkfirst is a foundation which defines as its mission, to  “prevent brain and spinal cord injury through education aimed at healthy behaviours in children and youth...prevention is the only cure!  The resource guide provides further links to the ThinkFirst website, which includes concussion protocol guidelines for coaches, and parents (refer Concussion Education).  Please, if you have any players experiencing signs or symptoms of concussion, err on the side of caution and ensure they receive medical treatment immediately and follow the recommended protocol for return to play. Players must have a doctor's note before returning to play. It must be given to the Head Coach of the team.

CATT: Concussion Awareness Training Tool

The Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) includes three tool kits providing training in the recognition, treatment and management of concussion for: 1) Medical Professionals; (2) Parents, Players, and Coaches; and (3) School Professionals.  

CATT is free, accessible and regularly updated with evidence-based information and resources. Each toolkit includes a self-paced learning module as well as tailored resources relevant to the specific audience.

Note: CATT will be updated to incorporate the 5th International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport shortly

The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends that anyone involved in child and youth sport should be educated about the signs and symptoms of concussion and the appropriate management of a child with a concussion.

Responding to Injuries and Emergencies

  1. Safety Personnel – Many teams find it very useful to have designated safety personnel, preferably a parent with first aid or medical experience. For any emergency or life threatening injury never hesitate to call 911.  
  2. Medical Information and Emergency Contact Information - The club will be sending out to all teams a list of team members, medical numbers, emergency contact information and any specific medical information which was disclosed on the player’s registration – please keep these records in confidence to be used in an emergency and please ensure you have up-to-date emergency contact information for all players. 
  3. First aid kits – many of you already have first aid kits for your bench, which is great –the Playing Smart Soccer guide includes a suggested list of components for such kits.  Plenty of ice and cold packs are a must. For our girls’ teams, we suggest you also include sanitary supplies in your kits. 
  4. Administering Medications - Coaches and managers should NOT, under any circumstance, administer medications to players – over the counter medications such as Tylenol and Advil may be kept in the team kit however ONLY administered to a player by his/her parent. Personal player medications such as inhalers for asthma may be held for the player, but only administered by the player or his/her parent.
  5. Players with Pre-existing medical conditionsfor any player with a pre-existing medical condition (eg. asthma, anaphalactic reactions, diabetes, etc.), which should be declared on our Registration Forms, (refer item b above), the parents should be advised team personnel are not authorized to administer medications; please ensure you clarify with the parent(s) the steps the child/parent will be taking in the event of a medical problem arising. For any emergency or life threatening injury never hesitate to call 911.
  6. Walk-in Clinics and Emergency Departments - it is mandatory for all coaches and managers, or safety personnel, to know exactly where the nearest walk-in clinic and/or hospital is located when going to soccer fields both within and outside West Vancouver.


The BC Soccer Association provides coverage to players and members from our insurance provider All Sport Insurance. Full details, including the extent of coverage, process for making a claim and Accident Claim Forms, can be found on BC Soccer’s website:
When on the website, go to Member Services and then with the drop down menu find Insurance.