The FIVB’s medical and anti-doping programme consists of a three-pronged approach composed of
education, keeping the sport clean and protecting athletes’ health.
The FIVB believes that it is vital that its athletes are aware
of their rights when it comes to anti-doping, therefore
the FIVB developed an online anti-doping programme
We Play it Clean!” which educates volleyball and beach
volleyball athletes on their rights and responsibilities as
well as guiding them towards a healthy lifestyle, preventing
them from doping.
The FIVB’s anti-doping programme seeks to preserve the
spirit of volleyball and beach volleyball, maintain ethics,
fair play and honesty and the health of the athletes. As
doping is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport, one
of the FIVB’s goals is to keep a clean and level playing field.
Therefore, the FIVB conducts anti-doping tests regularly
and randomly. An extensive testing programme, both
during competitions and out-of-competition is in place.
As the FIVB is committed to protect the health of its
athletes and to prevent them from injuries, several
programmes – ranging from injury prevention to heat stress
have been established. The landmark FIVB Volleyball
Medicine Congress 2011 focused primarily on how injuries
and illness can be prevented, how the risk of long-term
disability can be reduced by proper diagnosis, treatment
and rehabilitation, and how to maintain volleyball as a
drug-free sport.