Blog: Knowing your anti-doping responsibilities—is it a priority for you?

13 September 2012

Today’s athlete has many competing priorities: sport, family, work, social commitments, school, university, bills, health, diet and training to name a few. But what priority do athletes, who compete in a sport with an anti-doping policy, place upon educating themselves on their anti-doping rights and responsibilities?

For years ASADA has worked with athletes, support personnel and sporting organisations to raise the importance of anti-doping education. To support this work we have provided a blend of flexible teaching and learning approaches that cater to a diverse range of needs.

We believe that being educated goes a long way to protecting the health, reputation and sporting career of all involved in sport. To give everyone in the sporting community an opportunity to access anti-doping education, ASADA embarked on a major project to provide this education online.

In late 2010 ASADA launched ASADA e-Learning to the Australian sporting community. This award winning online offering was expected to have a major impact on the reach of ASADA’s anti-doping education program and since its inception almost 3400 people have completed all six online modules.

This focus on anti-doping education accessibility is starting to see positive results. Ninety-six per cent of athletes, support personnel and sporting organisations surveyed in ASADA’s independent 2012 stakeholder research said they were satisfied anti-doping education was accessible. This is up from 89 per cent in 2010.

ASADA will continue to work with the sporting community to promote the accessibility of anti-doping education, but it also wants athletes and support personnel to take responsibility for their own education. Claiming a lack of education at an anti-doping sporting tribunal is not a strong defence to a potential anti-doping rule violation.

ASADA e-Learning is a two-hour investment of your time. Your sporting career deserves it, so make anti-doping education a priority.   

If you’re interested in a more detailed breakdown of education results from the independent 2012 stakeholder research, have a read of our related blog

Edited 17 February 2015:

This blog article refers to content on the previous ASADA website. For current information on e-Learning see the Education page here.