Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who do I contact if I want to become involved with the CAFATP Program?
Speak to your local PSP Base Sports Coordinator or contact your Regional Head Trainer (RHT) directly.
2. I am a Class A reservist. Can I be a part of the CAF Athletic Trainer Program?
Yes, however CAF members must be in receipt of pay for the duration of the course and/or event they are providing coverage for (this includes travel days). Members on any type of leave are not eligible for participation at this time. This includes leave such as; vacation, MATA/PATA, etc.
3. Can DND employees or civilians volunteer to be part of the CAF Athletic Trainer Program?
Unfortunately, the CAFATP is only offered to currently serving CAF members and full time NPF employees at this time.
4. What are the expected hours of a CAF Athletic Trainer during an event?
CAF Athletic Trainers are expected to attend all championship scheduled event; this includes games/matches, pre-championship briefings, opening ceremonies, banquets, and closing ceremonies. Trainers should be available for athlete treatments a minimum of 1 hour before games, during games, and minimum of 30 minutes post game or until the last player leaves.
5. What are the roles and responsibilities of a CAF Athletic Trainer?
A detailed list of duties can be found in the CAF Sports Championships Operations Manual, Chapter 2 “Roles & Responsibilities” para 14.
6. I’ve been selected as an Athletic Trainer for an event, what do I need to bring?
Ensure that you bring weather and facility appropriate clothing. A shirt or vest may also be provided for the duration of the event to help identify you as a CAF Athletic Trainer. Sandals with open backs are not permitted. You should also review the event joining instructors to ensure you bring Mess appropriate clothing.
You do not need to bring your own supplies and equipment. Trainers tables and supplies will be provided by the host base.
7. Who do I express interest too for CAF Sporting events I’d like to provide Athletic Trainer coverage for?
Contact your Regional Head Trainer (RHT) to express interest in events you wish to provide coverage for.
8. How do I log my CAF Athletic Trainer hours?
Use the Trainers Practical Experience Log to track your trainer hours. When complete send it to your Regional Head Trainer (RHT).
9. What are the roles and responsibilities of the Event Head Trainer (EHT)?
The main role of the EHT is to preform athletic trainer duties, mentor & monitor event trainers, and act as a point of contact with the host base event coordinator, coaches, and officials. A detailed list of duties can be found in the CAF Sports Championships Operations Manual, Chapter 2 “Roles & Responsibilities” para 13 and 14.
10. I have been selected as an Event Head Trainer (EHT) for a sporting event, who do I submit my paperwork too?
All paperwork must be returned digitally. Sports Injury Reports must be returned via encrypted email or via Protected B mail. For Regional events, all documents are to be returned to your Regional Head Trainer (RHT). For National and CISM events, all documents are to be returned to the CAFATP Operations Coordinator.
Your RHT and CAFATP Ops Coordinator will ensure that documentation is distributed to CFHS, host base organizing committee, Regional Sports Managers, and CAF Sports Office HQ for archives. A reminder that injuried members are to complete a CF98 upon return to their home unit.
11. How do I prepare an Emergency Action Plan (EAP)?
Emergency Action Plans (EAP) are typically already drafted by the host base. The EHT should request a copy, review and revise as necessary. An EAP template can be found on the CAFATP Resource page and should be completed prior to the event.
As a refresher, you may also complete the free NCCP: Emergency Action Plan course.
12. Where can I find the taping videos so I can practice my skills?
Taping videos can be found on the CAF Sports YouTube channel or by logging into your DFit.ca account.
13. How do I log into DFIT.ca to access CAFATP taping videos?
1) Go to DFit.ca
2) Sign in with your user name and password
3) On the left hand navigation click on “Recourses”
4) Select the “Sport Taping Course” tab
5) Click on the desired videos
14. Where can I find a list of upcoming courses?
Upcoming courses are listed in the CAFATP Courses subpages.
15. I don’t see any upcoming courses in my area, how do I request a course to be run at my base?
Contact your Regional Head Trainer (RHT).
16. What is the role of the Course Coordinator?
The course coordinator is responsible for ensuring facilities are book and equipment is procured for upcoming courses. This role is usually assigned to the host base PSP Sports Coordinator but may be completed by another individual appointed by the RHT. A detailed list of roles and responsibilities can be found here.
17. Is funding available for external courses? And how do I apply?
As per the PSP Policy Manual Part 5 – Section 5, para 105: Out-Service Training all members of the CAF are eligible for selection to attend clinics, courses, workshops or seminars conducted by recognized civilian sports agencies to stay abreast of developments in the field and/or obtain qualifications in officiating, coaching or managing sports activities. Refer to the PSP Policy Manual for additional details.