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IGNORANCE NO EXCUSE ON DRUGS - SANFL to deliver seminars

 

IGNORANCE NO EXCUSE ON DRUGS 
By ZAC MILBANK
FORMER Sturt captain Ben Nelson will deliver the SANFL’s series of drug education seminars beginning next week.
Nelson, who also played 52 AFL games with Carlton and Adelaide, will visit all nine clubs to preach the league’s message to players, doctors and trainers.
‘’It’s based around the fact that ignorance is not an excuse,’’ Nelson said.
‘’So we’re looking to, in the most practical way, inform those involved about what is banned and what the process should be with their club doctor.
‘’And letting them know who they can turn to when they are querying something. They need to know all of the options, even in terms of when it comes to taking things for cold and flu.
‘’We haven’t had one player test positive in the SANFL but we are not naïve enough to think we are immune to the potential of it happening. We want to make sure the players are educated so they don’t make a silly mistake through ignorance.’’
The seminars will focus on four key points;
Players must understand they are ultimately responsible for any drug or supplement they consume.
Players should ask their club doctor if the drug or supplement they are taking has been approved by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).
Players don’t have to be tested to be found guilty. Intelligence gained from external parties can be forwarded to the SANFL or ASADA for further investigation.   
Players can use the ASADA website to check if the supplement or drug is on the banned list.
SANFL doctor Robert Douglas will this week email  all club doctors and head trainers reminding them of their responsibilities when it comes to using drugs and supplements at training and on gameday.
Nelson said the use of supplements was non-existent when he played at elite level with the Blues and Crows between 1997 and 2002.
‘’I never really thought about it to be honest,’’ Nelson said.
‘’I guess I was playing that long ago before even supplements came into play. Obviously it’s very topical at the moment in all sports, particularly cycling. 
‘’Whether kids are trying to fast-track their own development through the use of supplements and drugs, we’ve just got to make them aware that’s not the option.’’
All players must sign a register at each seminar, with those unable to attend directed to complete an online course.

IGNORANCE NO EXCUSE ON DRUGS 

By ZAC MILBANK

FORMER Sturt captain Ben Nelson will deliver the SANFL’s series of drug education seminars beginning next week.

Nelson, who also played 52 AFL games with Carlton and Adelaide, will visit all nine clubs to preach the league’s message to players, doctors and trainers.

‘’It’s based around the fact that ignorance is not an excuse,’’ Nelson said.

‘’So we’re looking to, in the most practical way, inform those involved about what is banned and what the process should be with their club doctor.

‘’And letting them know who they can turn to when they are querying something. They need to know all of the options, even in terms of when it comes to taking things for cold and flu.

‘’We haven’t had one player test positive in the SANFL but we are not naïve enough to think we are immune to the potential of it happening. We want to make sure the players are educated so they don’t make a silly mistake through ignorance.’’

The seminars will focus on four key points;

Players must understand they are ultimately responsible for any drug or supplement they consume.

Players should ask their club doctor if the drug or supplement they are taking has been approved by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).

Players don’t have to be tested to be found guilty. Intelligence gained from external parties can be forwarded to the SANFL or ASADA for further investigation.   

Players can use the ASADA website to check if the supplement or drug is on the banned list.

SANFL doctor Robert Douglas will this week email  all club doctors and head trainers reminding them of their responsibilities when it comes to using drugs and supplements at training and on gameday.

Nelson said the use of supplements was non-existent when he played at elite level with the Blues and Crows between 1997 and 2002.

‘’I never really thought about it to be honest,’’ Nelson said.

‘’I guess I was playing that long ago before even supplements came into play. Obviously it’s very topical at the moment in all sports, particularly cycling. 

‘’Whether kids are trying to fast-track their own development through the use of supplements and drugs, we’ve just got to make them aware that’s not the option.’’

All players must sign a register at each seminar, with those unable to attend directed to complete an online course.

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