Good Clean Sport aims to help you as an athlete complete clean and help promote the importance and values of clean sport. As an athlete, you have a responsibility to help create within a culture of clean sport that rewards sportsmanship, character and performance.
Drug Free Sport NZ (DFSNZ) aims to protect and promote a culture of clean sport that rejects cheating through drug use. This means you need to take care with everything that you consume: food, medications, supplements, vitamins, vaccinations, drugs, energy drinks - everything.
Strict Liability means personal responsibility. What are you personally responsible for each day? Homework? Getting to class on time? What commitments do you have to your family, friends or teammates? Do you own up to your responsibilities?
In sport, cheating generally relates to breaking the rules to gain unfair advantage in a competitive situation. If each of us makes good decisions, we can create a level playing field. Do you break the rules in your sport? Do you break the rules because the referee, judge or umpire isn’t watching?
Next time you think about breaking the rules, STOP and THINK. What will be the outcome of your cheating? Will this decision be a reflection of your values?
Do you take supplements such as protein shakes, pre-workout shakes, energy drinks, herbal remedies or vitamins? Do you know what’s in your supplements? It’s important you assess your need for supplements because taking them can be risky. Here’s why:
-supplements could contain substances which are banned in sport and negative for your health
-supplements may not have adequate quality control or have the ingredients correctly labelled
Be very careful about using supplements, particularly those that say they’ll help you build muscle, lose weight or give you energy. Athletes take all supplements at their own risk!
Drug Free Sport NZ can help. Visit our website if you have a supplement query or call us on 0800 DRUGFREE (378 437).
As an athlete you train hard, but sometimes you get injured or sick. Or you may need to take regular medication for an ongoing condition, such as asthma or diabetes. Common medications can contain ingredients which are prohibited in sport so you need to be very careful about everything you take.
How do you check a medication?
-Text the exact name of your medication or active ingredient to 4365 (costs 20 cents).
-Check your medication on the DFSNZ Website. Complete all fields and receive an instant answer.
-Phone 0800 DRUGFREE (378 437) in NZ
All illegal recreational drugs are banned in sport and if you use them you’re taking a risk. If you’re drug tested and something like cannabis is found in your system, you will face a ban from all sport. What you need to know about recreational drugs:
-they are potentially harmful to your health and their use violates the spirit of sport
-they will almost certainly limit your performance
-cannabis and all its synthetic forms is prohibited in-competition
-other recreational drugs, including cocaine, BZP and amphetamines are prohibited in-competition
-cannabis and other drugs can be stored in the body for an extended period
-passive inhalation of cannabis or other drugs is unlikely to result in a positive test, but you should try to avoid this if you can.
Cannabis (including synthetic forms) and other recreational drugs are prohibited in sport. Don’t get caught out like this!
If you’re supporting an athlete (as a parent, coach, trainer, agent, manager or medical professional, you need to be aware of your responsibilities to help them compete clean. You are likely to be a role model for the athlete so your views on clean sport will count for a lot.
Support personnel have a huge influence on athletes. Research shows that increased pressure on athletes to become bigger, perform better and get stronger has led to signs of risky behaviour including the use of performance enhancing drugs.
How can you support them to complete clean?
-understand the anti-doping rules including TUE requirements
-create a clear and positive anti-doping/clean environment that does not condone cheating in any guise
-reiterate to the athlete that they are responsible for any prohibited substance found in their body
-highlight the risk of supplements and herbal remedies
-support the athlete during periods of high risk (progression to the next level of sport, stress, injury, recurring injury or preparing for an elite event)
-ensure the athlete checks medications, supplements, vitamins etc. with DFSNZ
-report any doping activity or suspicions in confidence to DFSNZ
-complete the E-Learning Coaches module and make your athlete aware of E-Learning, Level One and Level Two.