Safe Sport: Critical issues and practices

Julie Stevens, Editor

Centre for Sport Capacity, Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

This is an Open-Access book, free for all.

Browse the book online HERE.

Overall, it’s the most complete summary I’ve seen so far on how athletes can be better protected.

  1. Introduction
  2. An Athlete View of Safe Sport in Canada
  3. History, Governance and Human Rights Perspectives about Safe Sport
  4. Legal Considerations and Safe Sport
  5. Organizational Action and Safe Sport
  6. Coaches and Safe Sport
  7. Officials and Safe Sport
  8. Safe Sport and Calls for Action

It includes a number of videos. Click PLAY or watch a sample on YouTube.


I appreciate that the report does not focus exclusively on maltreatment.

True Sport Principles:

  1. Go For It: Rise to the challenge – always strive for excellence. Be persistent and discover how good you can be;
  2. Play Fair: Understand, respect, and follow the rules. Play with integrity – competition is only meaningful when it is fair;
  3. Respect Others: Show respect for everyone involved in creating your sporting experience, both on and off the field of play. Win with dignity and lose with grace;
  4. Keep It Fun: Find the joy in sport and share it with others. Remember what you love about sport and why you play;
  5. Stay Healthy: Always respect and care for your mind and body. Advocate for the health and safety of yourself and those around you;
  6. Include Everyone: Recognize and celebrate strength in diversity. Invite and welcome others into sport;
  7. Give Back: Say thanks and show gratitude. Encourage your sport group to make a difference in the community.

An abridged French version of Safe Sport: Critical issues and practices has been made available and can be accessed here.

Stevens, J. (Ed.) 2022. Safe Sport: Critical issues and practices. Ecampus Ontario. Licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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