The FINA Sports Medicine Web Pages are designed to provide team physicians and allied medical support staff with up to date medical and scientific information to guide their daily care of the aquatic athlete.
Coaches, athletes and parents can also use these pages to answer their questions regarding aquatic health issues.
In 2000 the FINA Bureau reconstituted the FINA Medical Committee, reducing it from 12 to 6 members and renaming it the FINA Sports Medicine Committee (SMC). At about the same time a Doping Control Review Board (DCRB) was established signalling a clear demarcation in responsibilities for athlete health on one hand and issues relating to doping control. Since then, these groups have functioned under independent terms of reference but liaise closely during major international competition to undertake the specific tasks of doping control in accordance with FINA’s obligations to the World Anti-Doping Code.
FINA SMC AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
The duties of the FINA SMC fall into the broad areas of healthcare and education, research and doping control.
Healthcare and Education
The SMC is the advisory group to FINA on all matters relating to the health and wellbeing of its athletes. Notwithstanding the fact that each aquatic discipline has unique demands, there are common generic health issues. They result from factors as diverse as age, sex, physiological demand, biomechanical stress or environmental influences.
The practise of meaningful sports medicine is evidence-based. This demands robust research overseen by recognised academic institutions under stringent ethical guidelines. Research into the clinical issues of aquatic sports medicine and relevant sport science is fostered by the SMC.
Doping Control and Education
Of the areas of responsibility, this is the least critical for the SMC. However liaison with the DCRB is essential for FINA to maintain a drug-free sporting environment in accordance with the WADA Code. This is achieved through education and specific doping control activities.
FINA SMC DUTIES
(1) In the area of Healthcare and Education these are:
Providing advice on the healthcare of all aquatic athletes
Identifying discipline-specific medical issues in aquatic sport
Facilitating aquatic sports medicine congresses, seminars and clinics
Providing medical education to FINA Technical Committees including the Athletes Commission and Coaches Commission.
Advising the FINA Bureau on all relevant medical matters.
Supporting the continuing education of physicians and scientists in aquatic sports medicine.
Contributing educational material for FINA publications.
(2) In the area of Research these are:
Providing oversight for any proposed research activity related to aquatic sports medicine and science.
Liaising with academic institutions, kindred organisations and the medical committees of the IOC and WADA on matters of mutual research interest.
Collating research relevant to aquatic sport and reporting such matters to FINA athletes, coaches, FINA Technical Committees, the FINA Bureau and other identified stakeholders,
(3) In the area of Doping Control these are:
Providing a close working relationship with the DCRB
Assisting with the production of educational updates relating to drug use in sport for athletes, coaches and other FINA stakeholders.
Assisting in doping control at FINA-sanctioned events as required.
Contributing to the body of FINA knowledge on all matters of drugs in sport.