Athlete Protection: Safesport & Concussion Awareness
Athletes Without Limits is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for athletes’ physical, emotional and social development and to ensuring that it promotes an environment free of misconduct. While we recognize that the process for training and motivating athletes will vary with each coach and athlete, it is nevertheless important for everyone involved in sport to support the use of motivational and training methods that avoid misconduct.
Keeping athletes healthy and safe is a top priority, therefore Athletes Without Limits confirms that our coaches and core volunteers complete and maintain current Safesport Training. (In most sports Coaches are already required to complete Safesport Training to maintain their coaching credentials.)
In the event that any staff member or volunteer observes inappropriate behaviors (i.e., policy violations), suspected physical or sexual abuse, or misconduct, it is the personal responsibility of each staff member and volunteer to immediately report his or her observations to an immediate supervisor, an Athletes Without Limits administrator or a member of the Athletes Without Limits Participant Safety Committee.
Staff members and volunteers should not attempt to evaluate the credibility or validity of child physical or sexual abuse allegations as a condition for reporting to appropriate law enforcement authorities. Instead, it is the responsibility of each staff member and volunteer to immediately report suspicions or allegations of child physical or sexual abuse to an immediate supervisor, Athletes Without Limits Administrator, Head of Delegation while at Competition, President, or Executive Director. Complaints and allegations will be addressed under Athletes Without Limits Disciplinary Rules and Procedure…
To continue reading use the link below to download a PDF copy of Athletes Without Limits’ Athlete Protection Policy which contains Athlete Safety Complaint Forms and Incident Forms:
Download Athletes Without Limits (Safesport) Athlete Protection Policy & Forms (PDF)
Links to sport-specific Safesport Training Information for Credentialed Coaches:
- USA Basketball (training through Safesport NGB page)
- USA Cycling (training link)
- US Equestrian (training through member portal)
- US Karate (training through Sport:80 member portal)
- USRowing (free Safesport training through member portal)
- US Sailing (link to Safesport training)
- US Ski & Snowboard (Safesport training information)
- USA Swimming (annual training through USA Swimming account)
- USA Table Tennis (email liason to get Safesport training code)
- USTA Tennis (link to training resources)
- USA Taekwondo (annual training through Sport:80 member portal)
- USA Track & Field (training available through USATF Connect portal)
More resources including Athlete, Parent, and Volunteer Training are available through the U.S. Center for Safesport Website.
Keeping athletes healthy and safe is a top priority, therefore Athletes Without Limits is requiring our coaches and core volunteers to complete the CDC Coaches Training Course on concussion and brain injury awareness. We also now include the CDC Concussion awareness educational flyer in our athlete application.
We strongly encourage parents and athletes to also use the training resources available on the CDC Heads Up website so that everyone in the Athletes Without Limits family can better recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.