Health and Safety

Short Track Protective Equipment

More About Protection

Safety Web Page—Links and Resources

1.   Toronto Speed Skating Club – Protective Equipment Section

TSSC takes safety very seriously for our skaters and therefore we require the following protective equipment for each skating level.

Helmet (bike or hockey helmet permitted) Helmet ASTM F 1849 certified Cut proof gloves Knee protection (knee pad or built into skin suit) Shin protection (shin guards or built into skin suit) Bib style neck guard Ankle guards* Shatter-resistant eyeglasses with strap Dynema or Kevlar cut resistant suit Skate Blades (heel & toe tips rounded to radius of 1 cm)
Learn to Speed Skate X X X X X
Group 1: Advanced Skaters X X X X X X X X
Group 2: Intermediate Skaters X X X X X X X X
Group 3: Development Skaters X X X X X X X
Group 4: Advanced Adults X X X X X X X
Group 5: Novice Skaters X X X X X X
Group 6: Development Adults X X X X X X X
Regional competitions X X X X X X X X
Provincial competitions X X X X X X X X X



*Yellow cut resistant ankle guards are available to purchase from the club at a cost of $20.00


TSSC recommends that all skaters inform themselves on protective equipment guidelines and resources provided by Speed Skating Canada (SSC) – the links are provided below.


2.   Speed Skating Canada – Protective Equipment Section:


For Protective Equipment Requirements of Speed Skating Canada, please see this excerpt from D3-100 of the Red Book:


Short Track Protective Equipment:


Equipment can be purchased from: Shoei Creations: or



3.   TSSC Head Injury Awareness Section:
A.   Sports Medicine Clinic Information

The following clinic has a full range of services designed to provide care in the event of a sports-related injury and/or suspected concussion.  Please visit their website for further information on hours, sports medicine physicians and therapists:

LiveActive Sport Medicine Health and Performance

Address:              Mastercard Centre

400 Kipling Avenue, Toronto, ON, M8V 3L1

Telephone:          416-201-9777



B.   TSSC Concussion Policy

In development.

C.   Concussions in Speed Skating

TSSC endorses the Safety and Concussion section of the Speed Skating Canada site and recommends that all Coaches, Officials, Athletes, Parents or Caregivers consult that site on a regular basis.  In the event of a suspected concussion, your child should be assessed, provided follow-up care and cleared by a physician experienced in dealing with concussions before returning to skating.  Clearance must be provided in the form of a physician’s note before a skater can return to skating.


Useful links For Parents and Athletes:

  1. a) Speed Skating Canada—Concussions / Brain injuries:
  2. b) Parachute Canada—A Parent’s Guide to Dealing with Concussions / Concussion Guidelines for the Athlete:



  1. c) Mike Evans:

Ø  Concussions 101, a Primer for Kids and Parents:

Ø  Concussion Management and Return to Learn:


4.   Liability and Disclaimer

Legal Disclaimer, Limit of Liability and Disclaimer of Warranty:

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