The 6th Annual Sandbox Project Conference
Thursday, January 21, 2016
3rd floor, TELUS House (25 York Street), Toronto
Registration and agenda here
The Sandbox Project Conference is a workshop-style event where NGOs, corporate Canada, health practitioners, policy makers and young people get together to collaborate on improving the health and wellbeing of Canada’s kids and youth. MC’d by Canadian beach volleyball Olympian Martin Reader, the day will include updates from The Sandbox Project’s leadership in the areas of environmental health, growing healthy bodies, injury prevention and mental health. For the conference afternoon, we’re excited to welcome Ric Young, a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Social Innovation at Ryerson University to facilitate a one-of-a-kind collaborative session. His keynote will address “Courage, Creativity and Collaboration” as linked dimensions in improving the lives of children and youth. For more information about The Sandbox Project Conference, contact Mary-Ellen Rayner or visit The Sandbox Project website.
The summary report of the 2015 Play Safe Symposium is now available for download. Also available are related presentation videos. Please click here to be directed to the right page: Report Summary Page
Bone and Joint Canada (BJC) joined with the Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) to receive funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to implement the FIFA 11+ warm up exercise program in youth soccer clubs in Ontario. Studies have shown that participating in the FIFA 11+ program at least 1.5x per week results in up to 43% reduction in knee and ankle injury rates. Information on the FIFA 11+ warm up program can be found at http://f-marc.com/11plus/home/.
The program is being implemented in Ontario with training sessions being arranged with the clubs. The sessions are 1.5 hours in length and provide training on injury prevention, implementation advice as well as demonstrating the FIFA 11+ exercises. Through working with the clubs we have learned that the coaches are extremely familiar with the running exercises however they often have less experience with the strengthening and plyometric. Health care professionals are therefore being trained alongside the coaches with active participation from chiropractors, athletic therapists, kinesiologists as well as physiotherapists. The Ontario Trillium Foundation funding is available to support these health care professionals in ongoing work with the club. Health care professionals are also reinforcing the concepts of injury prevention with injured players so that they understand the importance of injury prevention for lifelong participation in sport and recreation.
Information on the courses with the soccer clubs is updated at www.boneandjointcanada.com . Promotional tools including poster and tear off pads are also available for free through the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation by emailing email@example.com To find out more about the program including booking a training session you can email FIFA11plus@gmail.com
Play Safe Initiative is happy to welcome the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation to the Play Safe Network.
The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation's (ONF’s) focus is neurotrauma – specifically the practical application of research to improve the lives of people with an acquired brain inquiry or spinal cord injury, and the prevention of neurotrauma injuries. ONF is a not-for-profit research organization that utilizes strategic research funding activity and the building of relationships with numerous partners and stakeholders to foster, gather, and apply research knowledge. ONF aims to increase the effectiveness and use of prevention, and to improve the systems of care, outcomes, and quality of life of those who have sustained a neurotrauma injury and to create and sustain improvements in practice and policy in communities across Ontario.
PSI looks forward to working with ONF on the prevention and treatment of sport and recreation brain and spinal cord injuries.
For more information on ONF: www.onf.org
Play Safe Initiative is happy to welcome Guelph Youth Basketball to the Play Safe Network!
The Guelph Youth Basketball Association (GYBA) was formed in 2006 through the unification of (7) seven previously existing basketball clubs in Guelph. The mandate was to unite youth basketball under one umbrella in order to provide the best coaching, facilities and overall organizational support to the greatest number of players in the city. GYBA is a registered not-for-profit corporation governed by a volunteer board that exists to provide the young people in our community the opportunity to participate in programs that teach fundamental basketball skills, as well as very important life skills.
PSI is looking forward to working with GYBA on upcoming research and sharing safety resources.
For more information on GYBA:
Play Safe Initiative is happy to welcome WINBC (Promotion of Wellness in Northern BC Association)!
WINBC's mission is to promote health and wellness and reduce chronic disease through healthy living and physical activity, in Northern British Columbia. It's objective is to build capacity for wellness through education, research and community development.
WINBC is committed to collaboration, education and research in relation to improving health through physical activity and this necessarily includes reducing injuries and advocating for safety in play, activity and sport. WINBC is pleased to partner in opportunities to educate, share knowledge and contribute to research.
We are super excited to share a recent blog post published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The Canadian Sport Policy (CSP) is a product of collaboration among the 14 federal, provincial and territorial governments and other key stakeholders (e.g. Sport Canada). The current version of the policy, CSP2012, provides direction (for the next ten years) for stakeholders to realize positive impacts of sport for individuals, communities and the country. Policy implementation will occur through corresponding action plans developed by governments individually and collectively, and by non-government organizations in sport and related sectors
To read more… http://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/2014/06/06/defining-safety-in-canadian-sport-moving-from-outcomes-to-process-for-injury-prevention/
Play Safe is thrilled to announce that McMaster Children's Hospital has joined the Play Safe Network.
McMaster Children's Hospital (MCH) is one of the top pediatric academic health science centres in Canada. MCH serves the special and unique healthcare needs of children using a family-centred model of care. Founded in 1988, MCH has rapidly become a leader in pediatric evidence-based care, collaborative research and innovative leading-edge education.
We look forward to opportunities to collaborate around research, education and communication of best practices.
For more information on MCH please visit:
PSI is delighted to welcome Parachute to the Play Safe Network.
Parachute is a national, charitable organization, formed in July 2012, which unites the former organizations of Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and ThinkFirst Canada into one strong leader in injury prevention. This passionate, unified voice leverages 80 years of combined injury-prevention experience and we cannot be underestimated in our resolve and capacity to effect change. The aim of Parachute is an injury-free Canada. Parachute wants to bring attention to the issue of preventable injury and to help Canadians reduce their risks of injury and enjoy long lives lived to the fullest.
For more information on Parachute's sport and recreation-related programs, concussion and other community safety initiatives please visit: www.parachutecanada.org.
Play Safe Initiative is delighted to welcome the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) to the Play Safe Network.
The CCSA vision is that all people in Canada live in a healthy society free of alcohol- and other drug-related harm. The mission is to provide national leadership and advance solutions to address alcohol- and other drug-related harm. CCSA is currently looking more closely at the relationship between sport and recreation and youth substance use in Canada. A recent systematic review provided some evidence that participation in sport might prevent illicit drug use; however, participation in sports was also found to be associated with increased alcohol use. The research team found a lack of Canadian studies, randomized control studies and research on contextual factors that could have an impact on this relationship. CCSA will share information and research, look for opportunities to collaborate, and seek input from PSI organizations on their various initiatives.
For more information please visit: www.ccsa.ca