Anti-doping and sports medicine on Medical Commission agenda
The Commission reviewed the main pillars of the FIVB’s anti-doping programme, including testing, examining Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) and Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), education and communication. Issues and statistics specific to both in-competition and out of competition tests were discussed. This was followed by a study of the ADRVs - there were none for the FIVB in 2015 - and of the 16 TUEs approved.
The FIVB has continued to educate and communicate around anti-doping in 2015. The FIVB Play Clean programme, an e-learning tool on the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, helped to educate over 5000 beach volleyball and volleyball athletes and support personnel in 2015.
Education Outreach Programmes were organised at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships The Netherlands 2015, the FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship in Turkey and the FIVB Volleyball World Cup in Japan. Dominican Republic volleyball player Jineiry Martinez’s also participated in the successful Play True 2020 initiative.
Play Clean Ambassador Fabi talks about education - watch the video.
The FIVB continues to communicate around medical issues via dedicated pages on fivb.com and on the FIVB Medical Twitter account.
The focus of the Medical Commission meeting then turned to the FIVB’s medical programme in 2015.
The commission members heard a report on the Referees Health Management Plan, which is in place for volleyball and beach volleyball referees. Alcohol tests for referees are carried out by the Medical Commission too. Watch the video below for more information.
Other topics covered included the injury surveillance BJSM publication and a heat stress monitoring project, as well as a review of accredited medical personnel.