Doping and illegal drug activity has been prevalent in all sports but never has it been highlighted more than with the Essendon supplement scandal which threw the team into chaos and eventually lead to multiple suspensions, loss of a Brownlow Medal and loss of respect from the national sporting world.

Physiotherapists have obligations when they are involved in sporting teams. It goes without saying that they should  not possess any substances, tamper with any doping control and co-operate fully with the authority involved.

But a good physiotherapist who is in the sporting field will be knowledgable of the WADA rules and regulations as even if the athlete was unaware of what was being administered they will ultimately be held responsible for a positive test. In some cases there can be contamination of nutritional supplements which can also result in an unintentional positive test.

The role of the physiotherapist is wide and varied but to be great at your job even in an area somewhat outside our scope you need to know a little about a lot of things so you can be of most value in the sporting environment.

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  1. Kim OLeary
    Kim OLeary says:

    When you think of doping the usual things spring to mind. In particular the olympics with Marion Jones and the extensive doping admissions in the Tour de France with failed drug tests from recent champions like Lance Armstrong, Floyd Landis, Jan Ullrich, Alberto Contado and Chris Froome. It is however not only in this elite environment that it happens. I can also happen in amateur environments where there is benefits for strength, endurance and injury recovery and there is no testing. It is certainly not in the spirit of the competition but there is also long term side effects of doping not only to your reputation but also to your body.


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