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FIVB Medical Commission reinforces commitment to education

 

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 30, 2014 - The FIVB Medical Commission held their annual two-day meeting in Lausanne on January 23 and 24 to discuss the Federation’s ongoing role in protecting the health of players and referees as well as ways to keep the sport of volleyball, clean.

A range of issues were discussed during the meetings, which were attended by FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° and Medical Commission President, Dr. Yuichiro Hamu:

- Implementation of the 2015 WADA Code;
- Anti-Doping Programme;
- Steroid profiles;
- FIVB's Injury Surveillance System;
- Heat stress monitoring;
- Referee health management programme;
- Accreditation for medical personnel;
- FIVB Sport Science Award;
- Communication and Education for prevention;
- The involvement of the FIVB Medical Commission with other International Team Sports Federations (ITSF).

The Commission reiterated the importance of athletes and medical personnel being aware of the rules concerning anti-doping.

Members also stressed the need to make all efforts possible to educate volleyball and beach volleyball players, medical personnel, coaches, doctors and physiotherapists on anti-doping rules. The Anti-Doping Education Programme was also endorsed as the primary education tool, which saw more than 2,400 volleyball and beach volleyball players complete the programme in 2013.

The online Anti-Doping Education Programme provides an interactive learning experience made up of videos and questions on a range of doping topics, including Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), Whereabouts and Dietary Supplements.

The programme is based on real-life situations and scenarios and users are tested with engaging exercises.

Once players have completed the programme they are presented with an Anti-Doping certificate to prove they have been informed and educated on testing rules and regulations. Athletes wishing to play in FIVB volleyball competitions or on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour are required to complete the programme in order to obtain the certificate.

The Commission also hailed the success of the FIVB’s Outreach Programme which was conducted in collaboration with WADA in 2013 and confirmed its continuation in 2014. Anti doping outreach programmes were held with great success at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship in Tijuana, Mexico and the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship in Izmir and Ankara, Turkey.




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