Fostering a Safe & Healthy Environment
USA Swimming strives to continually improve the programs and services it offers to its members and among these some of the most important relate to the safeguards for protecting young athletes. In an effort to continue to foster safe and positive environments within all our member clubs, we believe it is especially important to provide our member adult leaders with policies and best practice guidelines that help define elements of appropriate behavior and conduct.
USA Swimming’s top priority continues to be keeping our athletes safe. No form of abuse, including child sexual abuse, has a place in our sport. As a part of our continued commitment to safeguarding our athletes, USA Swimming has enacted enhancements to our Safe Sport policy and education requirements.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport (“the Center”), the separate, independent, organization that oversees all sexual misconduct reports in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement created the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies to set a baseline for acceptable safety standards that limit one-on-one interactions between adults and minor athletes.
TIDE has appointed two Athlete Welfare Advocates, Mrs. Theresa Knepper and Mr. Mike Barakey, to assist athletes in voicing their concerns. Our Athlete Welfare Advocates are adults who have volunteered to be available to any athlete who is concerned about the conduct of coaches, staff, volunteers, or other athletes and wants to talk about it.
USA Swimming also has a Safe Sport reporting system. To deal with a Safe Sport concern, contact USA Swimming at (719) 866-4578.
Contact the U.S. Center for Safe Sport to make a report. Call (720) 524-5640 or use the online reporting form.
On April 29, 2019, USA Swimming released its Minor Athlete Protection Policy (MAAPP) addressing one-on-one interactions, social media and electronic communications, travel: local and team, locker rooms and changing areas, and massages, rubdowns and athletic training modalities. All USA Swimming member clubs are required to implement MAAPP in full by June 23, 2019.
USA Swimming has outlined all policies and guidelines on its MAAPP webpage.
Please read the policy below along with the educational resources, to assist you in understanding our MAAPP.
USA Swimming offers free online Athlete Protection Training for coaches, officials, board members, chaperones, volunteers, and parents. All coaches, officials chaperones and board members must take the course to be certified as a non-athlete member of USA Swimming.
Training our members in abuse prevention and mandatory reporting is just as important as creating policies. USA Swimming is required to provide regular and consistent training for all adults who interact with and have direct contact with minor athletes, including adult athletes. Starting June 23, 2019, as a condition of membership, all athlete members ages 18 and over must complete Athlete Protection Training.
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at Tide Swimming and will not be tolerated. Read TIDE's Policy to Address Bullying here.
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Every athlete deserves a safe and positive sports environment. SPEAK UP if the way you are being treated feels wrong.
At TIDE, all coaches are required to sign a Code of Conduct Agreement acknowledging receipt and understanding of the Club Philosophy and Policies Governing Professional Coaching Conduct and the Conduct of all Athletes, Employees, and Volunteers and the USOC and NGB’s Coaching Ethics Code and their obligation to comply with such codes.
TIDE's 12 and older swimmers and their parents are required to sign and abide by the policies and rules set forth in the TIDE Swimming Athlete Code of Conduct.
TIDE has two Athlete Welfare Advocates, Mrs. Theresa Knepper and Mr. Mike Barakey, to assist athletes in voicing their concerns. Our Athlete Welfare Advocates are adults who have volunteered to be available to any athlete who is concerned about the conduct of coaches, staff, volunteers, or other athletes and wants to talk about it.
This information sheet is provided to assist you and your child in recognizing the signs and symptoms of a concussion. Every athlete is different and responds to a brain injury differently, so seek medical attention if you suspect your child has a concussion. Once a concussion occurs, it is very important your athlete return to normal activities slowly, so he/she does not do more damage to his/her brain.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is an injury to the brain that may be caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head. Concussions may also happen after a fall or hit that jars the brain. A blow elsewhere on the body can cause a concussion even if an athlete does not hit his/her head directly. Concussions can range from mild to severe.
Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion
Athletes do not have to be "knocked out" to have a concussion. In fact, less than 1 out of 10 concussions result in loss of consciousness. Concussion symptoms can develop right away or up to 48 hours after the injury. Ignoring any signs or symptoms of a concussion puts your child's health at risk!
Signs Observed by Coaches, Officials, Parents or Guardians
Symptoms Reported by Athlete
Encourage your athlete to be honest with you, his/her coach and your health care provider about his/her symptoms. Many young athletes get caught up in the moment and/or feel pressured to return to sports before they are ready. It is better to miss practice or meets than the entire season... or risk permanent damage!
Seek Medical Attention Right Away
Seeking medical attention on the day of the event is an important first step if you suspect or are told your swimmer has a concussion. A qualified health care professional will be able to determine how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your child to return to sports and other daily activities:
The Dangers of Returning Too Soon
Returning to the pool too early may cause Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) or Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS). SIS occurs when a second blow to the head happens before an athlete has completely recovered from a concussion. This second impact causes the brain to swell, possibly resulting in brain damage, paralysis, and even death. PCS can occur after a second impact. PCS can result in permanent, long-term concussion symptoms. The risk of SIS and PCS is the reason why no athlete should be allowed to participate in any physical activity before they are cleared by a qualified health care professional.
A concussion can affect school, work, and sports. Along with coaches and teachers, the school nurse, athletic trainer, employer, and other school administrators should be aware of the athlete's injury and their roles in helping the child recover. During the recovery time after a concussion, physical and mental rest is required. A concussion upsets the way the brain normally works and causes it to work longer and harder to complete even simple tasks. Activities that require concentration and focus may make symptoms worse and cause the brain to heal slower. Studies show that children's brains take several weeks to heal following a concussion.
Returning to Daily Activities
Returning to School
Returning to the Pool
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