Athlete support personnel and their part in clean sport
If you support an athlete in any way, as a manager or a trainer, then you have a key role to play in helping that athlete compete clean and reject the use of performance enhancing drugs and methods.
You will be there when athletes experience vulnerable periods: when they move to the next level of competition, when they are training for a major competition, or when they are recovering from injury etc.
Your attitude to anti-doping can help an athlete to develop the strength and resilience to cope with the pressure that comes with high performance sport.
Here are our top tips on what athlete support personnel can do to help athletes compete clean:
- actively promote the value of clean sport
- reward excellence and results that come as a result of hard work and determination
- know the anti-doping rules and how they apply to athletes
- help athletes understand what they need to do to comply with the rules
- ensure athletes attend Drug Free Sport NZ anti-doping education seminars
- be aware of the risks around supplements
- know how to check medications and use the Therapeutic Use Exemption process
- report any instance or suspicion of doping to Drug Free Sport NZ.
If you manage a team (especially a team that is competing at or near the national level) then make it your responsibility to ensure that all team members receive anti-doping education and are prepared for drug testing if and when it occurs.
Drug Free Sport can help you in your role by providing:
For some more tips on what it takes for athletes to compete clean, check out this video message from reformed doper and one-time Tour de France cyclist, Tyler Hamilton.