Athlete Support Personnel - Rights and Responsibilities
Clean Sport matters. Both athletes and Athlete Support Personnel have a role to play in protecting clean sport.
Athlete Support Personnel are bound by the Anti-Doping Rules too. You need to be fully aware of what that means for you, and what you need to do.
The facts - what you need to know
The WAD Code states the roles and responsibilities that Athlete Support Personnel have in relation to anti-doping.
This means you must:
- Know and comply with the Anti-Doping Rules, policies and practices that apply to you as well as those that apply to the athletes you support
- Co-operate with the testing programme for athletes
- Use your influence on athletes positively to foster clean sport values and behaviours
- Tell UK Anti-Doping and your international federation if you have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation in the last 10 years
- Co-operate with any doping investigation when asked to do so
- Not use or possess any prohibited substance or prohibited method without a valid and justifiable reason
What that means for you
Anti-doping is complex and needs attention from all who are bound by the Anti-Doping Rules.
Remember, you too could face a ban from sport, not just the athletes. This in most cases is career ending.
Take your responsibilities towards anti-doping seriously and help those around you (practitioners and athletes) do the same.
There is no sympathy for ignorance or carelessness in anti-doping. Make sure you are up to date with everything you need to know to protect you and your athletes.
What you should do
- Take the opportunity to be educated on anti-doping matters either through UKAD, your National Governing Body, Sports Institution or Professional Association
- Have conversations within your sporting environment on anti-doping. Encourage regular engagement in clean sport activities and events.
- Download the 100% me Clean Sport App
- Follow @ukantidoping on Twitter for the latest updates and alerts
Where to go for further advice
UKAD has many education partnerships with educational institutions and professional associations to help ensure Athlete Support Personnel can access and receive the education and support they need.