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Athletic Trainer Program

The CAF Athletic Trainer Program (CAFATP) was created to provide support to CAF athletes at Regional, National, and International sport competitions. It is an educational system, which develops CAF-qualified athletic trainers through a graduated program that prepares them to support CAF athletes at all levels of sporting competitions. 
A CAFATP level 1 trainer can recognize life-threating situations and take action by implementing and performing appropriate emergency care procedures where required, such as first aid and CPR, as well as establish and develop communication patterns involving coaches, physicians, and athletes. A CAFATP level 1 trainer can cover base and regional events independently. When possible a CAFATP level 2 trainer or higher will also be assigned to provide event coverage and mentor the level 1 trainer.
A CAFATP level 2 trainer is confident in their skills and has significant practical experiencing taping various body parts at sporting events. CAFATP trainers interested in becoming a Level 2 trainer should contact their Regional Head Trainer (RHT) to express interest, and ensure their experience is reviewed regularly.
A CAFATP level 3 trainer is confident in their skills, has extensive practical experiencing taping all body parts at sporting events, and is comfortable and effective in assuming the duties of Event Head Trainer (EHT) for events up to the National level. In addition, Level 3 trainers are able and willing to provide coverage for teams and athletes in settings with minimal resources and support (e.g. international/CISM coverage). CAFATP trainers interested in becoming a level 3 trainer should contact their Regional Head Trainer (RHT) to express interest, and ensure their experience is reviewed regularly.
  • Level 1 Trainer
    A CAFATP level 1 trainer can recognize life-threating situations and take action by implementing and performing appropriate emergency care procedures where required, such as first aid and CPR, as well as establish and develop communication patterns involving coaches, physicians, and athletes. A CAFATP level 1 trainer can cover base and regional events independently. When possible a CAFATP level 2 trainer or higher will also be assigned to provide event coverage and mentor the level 1 trainer.
  • Level 2 Trainer
    A CAFATP level 2 trainer is confident in their skills and has significant practical experiencing taping various body parts at sporting events. CAFATP trainers interested in becoming a Level 2 trainer should contact their Regional Head Trainer (RHT) to express interest, and ensure their experience is reviewed regularly.
  • Level 3 Trainer
    A CAFATP level 3 trainer is confident in their skills, has extensive practical experiencing taping all body parts at sporting events, and is comfortable and effective in assuming the duties of Event Head Trainer (EHT) for events up to the National level. In addition, Level 3 trainers are able and willing to provide coverage for teams and athletes in settings with minimal resources and support (e.g. international/CISM coverage). CAFATP trainers interested in becoming a level 3 trainer should contact their Regional Head Trainer (RHT) to express interest, and ensure their experience is reviewed regularly.

TRAINER ABILITIES & PROGRESSION CRITERIA

Trainer LevelLevel 1Level 2Level 3
Event coverageup to Regional level events
up to National eventsup to International events

 Event Head Trainer (EHT) 

NoYesYes
Level of Play 
 
& Coverage Amounts 

20+ days of coverage at base/regional level under mentorships of level 2/3 trainer within a 4 year period.Additional 20+ days of coverage at national level within a 5 year period
Sport Experience
20+ days of coverage at base/regional level under mentorships of level 2/3 trainer within a 4 year period and coverage in at least 2 sports with 1 being a contact sport (Basketball, Fencing, Grappling, Hockey, Slo-pitch, Soccer, Taekwondo) with experience taping a variety of body parts as recorded in CAFATP log book.
40+ days of coverage at national level within a 5 year period and coverage in at least 4 sports with 1 being a contact sport (Basketball, Fencing, Grappling, Hockey, Slo-pitch, Soccer, Taekwondo) with experience taping all of body parts as recorded in CAFATP log book. (Not all 4 events have to be at the National level).


QUALIFICATIONS

Trainer LevelLevel 1Level 2Level 3
CPRXXX
AEDXXX
Sport First ResponderXXX
Introduction to CAFATPXXX
Taping - Level IXXX
Taping - Level IIn/aXX
Soft Tissue Coursen/an/aX
Emergency Action Plan***
Making Head Way in Sport***
Safe Sport Training***
Top Fuel for Top Performancen/a**

* Recommended 


CONTACT OUR TEAM

For more information on the CAF Athletic Trainer Program please reach out to your Regional Head Trainer (RHT). RHT’s are the main point of contact for CAFATP. They promote the program within their region, organize and deliver courses, maintain a database of trainers, manage supplies, act as mentors, and nominate trainers for event coverage. 

Chief TrainerLCol Daniel Trudel[email protected]
Training CoordinatorCapt. Boriana Stefanov[email protected]
Operations Coordinator

Capt. Nicole Mahoney

[email protected]

Atlantic, Regional Head TrainerCapt. Amanda Johnson

[email protected]

Ontario, Regional Head Trainer

Capt Adam O’Leary 

Adam.O’[email protected]

Canada West, Regional Head Trainer

Mrs. Melissa Green

[email protected]

Quebec, Regional Head Trainer

Mr. Dominic Pharand

[email protected]