DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) On-Site at the GTYSC Clubhouse - 10 Oakes Rd, Grimbsy
The GTYSC is pleased to announce that we are now in possession of a
potential life saving device... a defibrillator (AED) courtesy of the
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The Ontario Soccer Association has recently received questions in
reference to players wearing Activity Trackers (i.e. Fitbit).
result The OSA would like to confirm the following;
FIFA “Law 4”, supported by the CSA is clear and as a provincial organization,
the OSA cannot make exceptions. Only medical alert bracelets are
FIFA and/or Canada Soccer are the only ones that can make changes/amendments to
Law 4 2015-2016 FIFA Laws of the Game
A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous
to himself or another player (including any kind of jewelry).
All items of jewelry (necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings,
leather bands, rubber bands, etc.) are strictly forbidden and must be removed.
Using tape to cover jewelry is not acceptable.
Fueling Healthy Bodies
Children are exposed to unhealthy foods in many different ways; therefore it is important to support healthy eating wherever possible. The goal of Fuelling Healthy Bodies is to encourage healthy snack choices in community sports. One component of this is working with sports leagues to promote healthy eating. That’s where you come in! Community sports leagues already promote physical activity, as a sports league representative and/or player parent you have the opportunity to model healthy behaviour.
It is vital to offer healthy food choices to provide players with the fuel they need to play their best. This includes offering healthy game time snacks and staying hydrated during play to prevent dehydration.
Fuelling Healthy Bodies Resources:
You can take the following steps to develop your healthy eating policy:
- Download and complete the Team Healthy Eating Policy Template
- Download and complete the Parent/Guardian Letter Template
- Order copies of the Fueling Healthy Bodies One Page Resource
- Share the completed healthy eating policy, parent/guardian letter and Fuelling Healthy Bodies resource with your team members and their parents/guardians.
- Encourage your association or league to adopt a healthy eating policy.
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Players Health - your warm-up to prevent injury
Out of Province Medical Coverage
GTYSC STRONGLY RECOMMENDS that teams traveling outside Ontario for
tournaments purchase supplementary medical coverage. It is available
from a number of sources. One option is the insurance broker handling
the Ontario Soccer Association policies - HKMB International Insurance
Brokers - (currently about $2.75 per person per day) click on the
underlined title of this note to link to their website.
EVEN THE COST OF A SIMPLE AMBULANCE TRIP IN THE U.S. CAN BE STAGGERING - GET COVERAGE.
Avoiding and Preventing Heat Related Injuries When Playing Soccer
Proper Hydration to AVOID AND PREVENT Heat Related Injuries When Playing Soccer 6/26/2009
There are some simple guidelines which have been prepared by the
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) when it comes to running
activities in a hot and/or humid environment. The goal in participating
in hot weather is to avoid fluid loss from the body or dehydration.
Water not only accounts for some 98% of our body composition, but
functions to help deliver oxygen to working muscles, and keeps the body
from overheating during strenuous activity. Hard working muscles
generate heat which is dissipated through the act of sweating.
Evaporation of sweat on the skin allows the body to get rid of this heat and cool it off. In looking at the objectives for advising officials and participates about this subject it seems that the following categories are
areas requiring attention:
1. To educate athletes and event officials about the
most common forms of environmental illness including predisposing
conditions, warning signs, susceptibility and incidence reduction
2. To advise officials of their legal responsibilities and potential liability with regard to event safety and injury prevention
3. To recommend that officials consult local weather archives and plan games at times likely to be of low environmental stress to minimize detrimental effects on athletes
4. To encourage officials to warn athletes about environmental stress on game \ practice day and the implications for heat and cold illness
5. To inform officials of preventive actions that may reduce debilitation and environmental illness
6. To describe the personnel, equipment, and supplies necessary to reduce and treat cases of collapse and environmental illness.
To this end, after review of the available literature and after
consultation of various medical authorities and officials it was felt
that the following recommendations are some key guidelines for soccer
participation in the heat:
1. Avoid dehydration and make sure you
pre-hydrate: Don’t wait till you feel thirsty because the body will not
be able to tell you in time that you are dehydrated, here are some
- 2 hours before exercise, drink at least 16 oz or 500 ml (an average bottle of water)
- 1 hour before exercise, drink at least 08 oz or 250 ml (half an average bottle of water
- During the exercise, drink at least 4 to 8 oz every 15 - 20 minutes
- Immediately after the exercise, drink at least 16 oz or 500 ml of water or an electrolyte replacing drink
- 1 hour after a training session or game consider drinking 16 oz or 500 ml of skim milk or chocolate milk for
protein and muscle repair
2. As a rule of thumb you should drink at least 500 ml for every 20 lbs
of body weight, therefore, someone weighing 140 lbs needs to drink at
least 3500 ml of fluid per day if training or playing that day.
3. Drinking carbohydrate and electrolyte fluids may be beneficial in avoiding heat trauma.
4. Wearing light breathable clothing is advised.
5. Officials should be very cautious in authorizing games and practices
in environments where the temperature plus humidity combined are 35 C
and over. They should inquire of the participants to ensure pre-event
hydration, medication use and susceptibility to heat injury ( prior
occurrence). Also unlimited substitution is recommended during games as
is frequent fluid brakes and fluid availability on both sides of the
6. Warning flags could be posted on the field as follows:
green - proceed with caution heat stress possible
amber - moderate risk to heat stress
red - high risk to potential heat stress
If used they should be posted at locations easily seen by participants, support staff, medical staff and spectators.
The other issue to consider is, and you may be asking yourself at this
point, what are the risk factors which could predispose a soccer player
to heat injury. Listed below are a the major risk factors but this is by
no means an exhaustive list:
1. Not being acclimatized
3. Hypo hydration
4. Hyper hydration
5. Use of a variety of medications or supplements
6. Persons with persistent, disabling mental illness
7. Certain medical conditions (cardiac, lung)
How can you tell if one of your soccer
players is experiencing heat injury? Below is a list of the early
warning signs to look for and again this is not an exhaustive list:
1. Flushed face
2. Hyperventilation or shortness of breath
5. Tingling arms
6. Goose bumps (hair on arms standing on end)
8. Poor coordination
9. Confusion, agitation, uncooperativeness
A preseason or pre - event conditioning program, when combined with an 8
- 14 day period of acclimatization, may further reduce the risk of heat
There are 3 main types of heat injury identified in the medical literature:
1. Heat Cramps - these are the mildest form of heat trauma and are commonly related to low body sodium and chloride levels.
Signs & Symptoms include - weakness, muscle cramps, collapse with low blood pressure.
Treatment - is aimed at replacing the salt loss and can
be oral or by intravenous if vomiting is a problem. Having athletes put
a little extra salt on their food the day before and day of game can be
a helpful way to avoid this condition.
2. Heat Exhaustion - this is a more severe medical event as follows.
Signs & Symptoms include - weakness, irritability,
collapse, unable to sweat adequately to promote body cooling, may
proceed in the more ominous heat stroke and a fine rash is often
Treatment - remove athlete to a cooler environment, use ice baths, fans.
3. Heat Stroke - THIS IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY - it is
due to a failure of the heat-controlling mechanism. It may occur merely
as a result of exposure to heat.
Signs & Symptoms include - mental confusion,
headache, poor coordination, delirium, convulsions and death. The body
temperature may be 106 F or 40.5 C or higher, the skin is usually hot
and dry as the sweating mechanism has failed.
Treatment - Call 911 and transport to a local Hospital.
Rapid cooling is the goal using wet towels, spray mist, sponge baths
and removal from the heat. This condition could cause the athlete to go
into shock and coma may follow so immediate medical attention is
American College of Sports Medicine POSITION STAND. Exercise and Fluid
Replacement, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 2007
Dr. Rudy Gittens
Past Medical Director, Canadian Soccer Association
Dr. Robert Gringmuth
Chair, OSA Medical Advisory Committee is is an important read for all involved in soccer