Representatives from UK Anti-Doping visited the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Headley Court on 17 November to deliver anti-doping education to medical staff.
Headley Court rehabilitates injured members of the Armed Forces and often uses sport to assist in this process, helping to develop some patients into top level Paralympic athletes. By visiting Headley Court, UK Anti-Doping sought to enhance the medical staff’s anti-doping knowledge and establish formal links between the Headley Court and UK Anti-Doping for future collaboration.
UK Anti-Doping Head of Science and Medicine Michael Stow and Athlete Support Officer Eliot Caton gave 10 staff a comprehensive overview of the organisation’s work covering the Whereabouts system, supplements, the athlete biological passport as well as more general anti-doping issues.
The session was requested by UK Anti-Doping Athlete Committee member and Olympic bobsleigher Henry Nwume, who is a doctor in the British Army and was first introduced to Bobsleigh at an Army Novice Ice Camp. With his links to the military and anti-doping, Henry thought UK Anti-Doping’s expertise would benefit the Forces medical staff.
He said: “The doctors and physios in the audience today will leave Headley Court for future jobs throughout the military, working with sports persons from grassroots to elite level, so the concepts and messages UK Anti-Doping conveyed will have real benefit.”
Michael Stow added: “Headley Court is an advanced facility with unique patients. The servicemen and women rehabilitating and rebuilding their lives and the professionals supporting them to achieve this are an inspiration to us all. Providing education to the medical staff that will be involved in every step of the athlete pathway was a great opportunity and enabled UK Anti-Doping to create good links with this section of the military.
"I am excited about the potential for further collaboration including future education opportunities and, given the necessity of using prohibited substances in rehabilitation programmes at Headley court, the scope to identify research opportunities that will have an impact on our anti-doping knowledge and work.”
For more information on Headley Court, please visit the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Headley Court webpage here.