27 September 2023

Sports resource for COVID training

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A new resource for Sports Trainers in the COVID era has been developed by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Sport Australia and Sports Medicine Australia.

AIS said the resource, Sports Trainer Practices in a COVIDSAFE Australia, formed part of Sport Australia’s Return to Sport Toolkit and included expected practice standards for infection control, education, policies and protocols.

“Sports Trainers play a pivotal role in the health, wellbeing and safety of participants at all levels of sport,” AIS said.

“In community sport settings, an Accredited Sports Trainer may be the highest trained individual available to attend to onsite athlete sports medical needs,” it said.

“All Australian Sports Trainers are advised to follow a simple 4-step process – 1.Plan, 2.Prepare, 3.Respond, 4.Recover – to ensure the safety of all athletes, support staff and community members.”

The AIS said Sports Trainer Practices in a COVIDSAFE Australia was a new pillar of Sports Medicine Australia’s Safer Sport Program in the COVID-19 era.

Chief Medical Officer at AIS, David Hughes said the new resource was in line with the Institute’s Framework for Rebooting of Sport in a COVID-19 Environment and the Australian Government’s National principles for the resumption of sport and recreation activities.

The four-page sports trainers’ Coronvirus resource can be accessed at this PS News link.

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