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7 March 2005, 03:44 pm
Guidelines For MNA Medical Officers Now Available
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ISAF has published new guidelines for Member National Authority (MNA) Medical Officers.
All MNAs are advised to have Medical Officers to provide support and advice for their sailors, with more than 30 MNAs having currently filled this role.

Medical Officers provide a vital role in the sailing world advising sailors on medical matters and acting as the primary source of medical support for the Member National Authorities. A primary focus for Medical Officers is the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations, especially concerning Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) and Abbreviated Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ATUEs) in line with the WADA Anti-Doping Code International Standard. These cases cover the use of substances prohibited under normal circumstances, but allowed for therapeutic use, for example, the use of an inhaler for health reasons. Officers are encouraged to seek out sailors who will require TUEs and ATUEs and ensure compliance with the Anti-Doping Code.

Medical Officers also have a number of other key roles including injury surveillance (in order to monitor levels of injuries, commonly occurring injuries and other statistical data), awareness of disabled sailing regulations and annual pre-participation screening. MNA Medical Officers are also requested to carry out talks on topics like injury prevention, common medical conditions, doping etc.

ISAF also request that Medical Officers liaise and communicate with other accredited members of the health profession such as physiotherapists and psychologists to help increase the pool of professionals with an interest and knowledge of sailing.

ISAF MNA's requiring more information on ISAF Anti-Doping, please visit the Anti-Doping Microste or contact secretariat@isaf.co.uk.

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