National standards for sport science
The Australian Sports Commission has announced national accreditation schemes for sports scientists and strength and conditioning coaches, as recommended by the Senate enquiry into football drug scandals.
The ASC and its high performance arm, the Australian Institute of Sport, will work in partnership with Exercise & Sports Science Australia and the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association to apply the high standards of accreditation to Australian sporting organisations over the next 12 months.
As a condition of the ASC's Sport Investment Agreements, national sporting organisations will require all sport science and strength and conditioning staff to have accreditation with ESSA and ASCA by the end of 2018.
AIS Director Peter Conde says, "The ASC and AIS work in partnership with sporting organisations to protect the health and wellbeing of Australian athletes.
High Performance managers and Sport Science Sport Medicine managers will also require accreditation where their job requires elements of applied practice.
According to The Australian newspaper, such a scheme was one of the main recommendations of a Senate inquiry into the drug scandals at Essendon Football Club and the Cronulla Sharks.
Sporting clubs that hire or continue to employ unaccredited sports scientists and support staff once the scheme takes effect will lose out on government funding, the newspaper reports.
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