The future of athlete training is bright, according to Sport Integrity Australia’s athlete trainers.
Some of the educators were in Canberra this week for a three-day workshop designed to equip them with skills and build knowledge on broader integrity education content.
It was also the opportunity to learn from Sport Integrity Australia’s subject matter experts on anti-doping and other integrity issues such as competition manipulation, protection, science and medicine, integrity complaints, anti-doping testing and investigations.
12-time national champion former aerobic gymnast Deborah Greenbaum said the exciting thing about the workshop was realizing that there was so much room for further training.
“There is more work we can do, much more that can be done, not only for athletes, but also for pharmacists, doctors and GPs, prescribing nursessaid.
“I think the way we move forward with the National Integrity Framework and the new things we offer, I think there’s a lot of room for Sport Integrity Australia to move forward and educate all the people we can to support athletes. enable them to do their best in a fair and safe environment”
Evaluating his presentations to date, Greenbaum said his pharmacy background is a plus.
“Being able to explain it helps as I have an extra understanding of drugs, why they are banned and how they interact with the body, and the rationale behind it all.said. “When you can explain why rather than a specific rule, I think it makes a big impact..
“You can give the background to this, you don’t just say ‘that’s the rule and that’s it, sorry’, that’s the kind of thing I had when I was an athlete… Now, with all the judgment and support, it’s just an additional level that athletes have now, which I think is really cool .”
Retired weightlifter Laura Brittain says being in the same room with other trainers”inspiring” And “rekindled his passion for education”.
“It was incredible to be in a position to collaborate with each other.said. “The ideas we came up with and the excitement we all have for it are great to have around”
For Brittain, now an exercise physiologist, her motivation to become a presenter was simple.
“I want to know that everyone has the opportunity to play in a safe, inclusive and respectful environment that rewards nothing but hard work, integrity and good sportsmanship.”
If he had a message for athletes or support staff, he would say that everyone has an opportunity to influence sports culture.
“We are all in a position to create a truly incredible culture surrounding integrity in sport, and we all have a role to play in that.said Laura. “Remember that we are all part of shaping the perception of sports in Australia, even in low-level conversations with each other or conversations with your coaches or people interested in discussing your sport with you.”
Greenbaum urged athletes to trust the process, trust your coaches and your training.
“You don’t need anything extra with yousaid. “When faced with a quick fix for something, know that it’s probably not the right thing to do, you have to trust that your hard work and preparation will actually be enough to compete. And trust all tutorials and ask if in doubt.
“I say always take advantage of people with this knowledge and ask questions.”
Tuesday, 11 April 2023