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Principle 3: Sporting organisations should educate athletes, coaches and staff in relation to the organisation’s SSSM policies, specifically in relation to the appropriate use of prescription medications and supplements.

Commentary and guidance

The most valuable integrity safeguard is to prevent incidents from occurring in the first place. This is best achieved through effective education programs to underpin strong and current SSSM policies containing highly visible consequences for their breach.

Such education should be included in induction policies for all new athletes, coaches, SSSM staff and other relevant staff.

Sporting organisations should maintain an accurate register of all athletes, coaches and relevant staff that have/have not been provided with appropriate education, and an appropriate induction process, including familiarisation with relevant policies.

In consultation with the NISU, the AIS will develop a suite of practical education support tools to assist sports and athletes in understanding the role of SSSM and how to avoid inappropriate practice.

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