Clean play education should be a constant part of an athlete’s development journey, an integral part of their training. This is one of the priorities that emerged from the latest investigation by the UK Anti-Doping Organisation. More education for athletes, but also more training for doctors who are called upon to make complex choices, such as exemptions from therapeutic controls (AUT). In the study conducted by Ukad “on the behavior and influences of sports support personnel in the practice of clean sport” published today, the sports trainers, coaches and staff interviewed say they need deepen their knowledge of anti-doping, also through exchanges with other professionals in order to raise their awareness on the subject and ensure greater consistency in the messages disseminated to athletes. Training needs collected by Consulcesi, which has created a course dedicated to this subject entitled ‘Doping. Recognize and counter the phenomenon of amateur sport’.
“All health professionals must be able to recognize the abuse of doping substances, know the symptoms and the risks in order to be able to carry out a correct prevention and a greater promotion of a healthy sport”, comments the endocrinologist Vincenzo Toscano , professor of the Consulcesi Club course on anti-doping substances, former president of the Association of Endocrinologists (Ame), professor of endocrinology at La Sapienza University of Rome, who in the new ECM course provides notions on the epidemiology of the phenomenon in amateur athletes, the latest updates on regulations and guidelines for treatments.
The course focuses on amateur doping, a hidden and uncontrolled phenomenon. “Unlike competitive sport, what happens in amateur activity stays in a hard-to-identify undergrowth,” says Toscano. For this reason, doctors and health professionals are called upon to act as “sentinels” to recognize and counter the problem in time. The course aims to raise awareness among endocrinologists, diabetologists and andrologists of issues related to doping, but also to clarify the role of the endocrinologist in the process of requesting exemption for therapeutic purposes (authorization for therapeutic use, mar) of prohibited substances but essential in .endocrinopathy athletes.
The course, also available to the public in the form of an e-book, also examines the different categories of athletes and the frequency of doping cases among them, with the ultimate aim of raising awareness among health professionals of the spread of the phenomenon, in addition to the related medical and legal consequences.