IOC Certificate in Drugs in Sport

Aims & Outcomes

On successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

1. Define key terminology and the regulatory structure of anti-doping in sport
2. Relate to the circumstances under which prescription and non-prescription performance-enhancing drugs may be taken by those who participate in sport and exercise and understandthe key historical events that have shaped the current state of doping and anti-doping in sport
3. Understand the disciplinary, legal, health and social consequences for athletes who dope
4. Summarise the roles and responsibilities of national and international organisations responsible for anti-doping programs
5. Understand the World Anti-Doping Code and be able to explain the inclusion criteria, and the categories and classification of substances and methods that appear on the WADA Prohibited List
6. Understand the procedures for the doping control process
7. Understand the process for the application, review and appeal process of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE), and the responsibility of the healthcare provider throughout this process
8. Understand why the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) is used
9. Understand the role of the WADA-accredited laboratories in both testing and research activities
10. Describe results management process for an athlete after an Adverse Analytical Finding
11. Describe the roles and responsibilities of healthcare providers and Athlete Support Personnel relating to medication use in sport, and safe medication management strategies applicable to the sporting context
12. Understand the unique needs of para-sport athletes in relation to anti-doping and medical care
13. Develop an understanding of the most common classes of medications and supplements used for evidence-based medical treatment of athletes
14. Advise on the prevention of inadvertent doping.
15. Understand the essential medication management systems for medical and pharmacy services at major sporting events to be able to undertake a role as a healthcare provider at major sporting event
16. Understand how current research strategies are constantly evolving to keep ahead of new doping techniques

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