Today, the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has announced national accreditation schemes for sport scientists, ensuring rigorous governance measures to protect athletes and the integrity of Australian sport.
Within the accreditation scheme, the ASC recommends Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) as the accrediting body for sport scientists, including but not limited to physiologists, biomechanists, performance analysts, skill acquisition specialists and strength scientists.
“ESSA welcomes the decision from the ASC regarding the requirements of accreditation for the sports science industry. We look forward to working with our accredited professionals in maintaining the standards and integrity of sports scientists working with Australian athletes,” says ESSA Chief Executive Officer, Anita Hobson-Powell.
With this official endorsement from the ASC, ESSA is pleased to see this decision come to fruition after having it on its agenda for the past 4.5 years.
“ESSA is dedicated to protecting the sports science industry and its athletes and has been committed to this accreditation agenda for almost five years, with our system recently being aligned to the self-regulating health professions also,” adds Ms Hobson-Powell.
AIS Director, Peter Conde, explains that the ASC and AIS work in partnership with sporting organisations to protect the health and wellbeing of Australian athletes.
“By applying these high industry standards in sport science and strength and conditioning, then the entire Australian sport industry is making it crystal clear that we collectively stand for integrity in sport. Athlete health and wellbeing is a priority, and we will do everything within our power to ensure Australian athletes receive professional and ethical advice.”
As a condition of the ASC’s Sport Investment Agreements, national sporting organisations will require all sport science staff (physiologists, biomechanists, performance analysts, skill acquisition specialists and strength scientists) to have the relevant accreditation with ESSA by the end of 2018.
For more information on the ASC national accreditation scheme, please click here.