Education is the key, says SMA

Sports Medicine Australia, the peak organisation for professionals in sports medicine and science, says the recent focus on drugs in sport highlights the current need for more drug education at club level.

Last week, the Australian Crime Commission released an interim report about crime in sport that stated performance and image enhancing drug (PIEDs) use were a problem in elite sporting competitions.

At ‘sub-elite’ level, the report expressed concerns about players using PIEDs during training.

Sports Medicine Australia spokesperson and physiotherapist, Mark Brown said with the prevalence of supplements at an all-time high, clubs need to be educating athletes on the potential effects and dangers of PIEDs.

“All clubs are looking for a sporting edge – however player health needs to remain a top priority,” says Brown.

“Further emphasis needs to be placed on the basic principles of knowing what is being ingested, understanding the effects and potential side effects of these supplements and seeking the right advice.

“Education and increased communication is the key to helping all involved understand the issues surrounding drug use in sport,” he says.

Sports Medicine Australia offers state government funded education on the dangers of performance enhancing drugs. For further information visit www.bedrugfree.com.au or www.cleanedge.com.au

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