3 November 2011

WADA releases educational tool kit for sport physicians

WADA has produced a new tool kit to help sports physicians develop anti-doping education programs which can be adapted and customized to suit local cultures, conditions and resources.

The ‘Sport Physician’s Tool Kit’ is available via the WADA website and will serve as an important aid for doctors across the world in their efforts to enhance knowledge of the risks involved in doping in sport.

It was produced in collaboration with a number of specialists in sport and medicine, whose expertise ranges from gene doping to medical ethics.

“Physicians have an ever-increasing role to play in sport across the world and they now have a comprehensive manual to understand the anti-doping process,” said WADA Medical Director Alan Vernec.

“Education is a crucial element in WADA’s fight against doping in sport, and we are confident the Tool Kit will assist physicians in their efforts to ensure that athletes and their entourage make the right decisions. “

The Sport Physician’s Tool Kit includes sections on ethics in medicine, the health consequences of doping and the doping control process. There is also a chapter dedicated to the Prohibited List and Therapeutic Use Exemptions.

The remaining sections focus on the Athlete Biological Passport, gene doping, and a series of practical issues and case studies to stimulate dialogue between experts using the Tool Kit for training professionals.