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NZTCPASE statement on drugs in sport - more education needed

Friday 8 February 2013

‘Drugs in Sport’
The latest ‘drugs in sport’ revelations about systemic doping in professional sport in Australia, highlight the need for those involved in sport to understand the benefits and detriments of supplements, according to the New Zealand Tertiary Council for Physical Activity, Sport and Exercise (NZTCPASE).

NZTCPASE Chair Professor Doug Booth says that sports supplements are a multi-million dollar industry in New Zealand, but most provide little or no benefit to users.

“Research has also shown that many food-based supplements, particularly those manufactured overseas, contain banned agents such as peptides, hormones and stimulants, and can lead to a positive doping test.

“Recent media interest in the discovery of the banned substance IGF-1 found in a common New Zealand deer velvet supplement, demonstrates that those performing on an international stage can unknowingly consume banned products.

“This highlights the need for more education, specifically in the drugs in sport area, for our athletes, coaches and trainers. The number of new supplements available, and the complexity of the WADA banned list, means that athletes taking any supplements should consult experts with the appropriate knowledge and qualifications in this area.

“There are a number of tertiary education providers in New Zealand who produce graduates in sport science, many of who are trained to interpret the published research on sport supplementation.”

The New Zealand Tertiary Council for Physical Activity, Sport and Exercise is concerned with knowledge and the dissemination of knowledge of Sport and Exercise Sciences. It represents Tertiary Institutions that offer New Zealand recognized and registered bachelor degrees in the areas of Physical Activity, Sport and Exercise.

For more information, contact:
Professor Douglas Booth
Chair, New Zealand Tertiary Council for Physical Activity Sport and Exercise
Dean, School of Physical Education, University of Otago
Tel: + 64 3 479 8995

20 May 2010

The importance of sport science

Business New Zealand chief Phil O'Reilly (May 14) seems to miss the point about what constitutes a science

Sport Science, he declares, is expendable but trained scientists are not.

A scientist studies the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through measurement and experiment, producing theoretical explanations for their observations. Sport scientists employ this "scientific method", but use sport or exerclse, usually in humans, as the model.

Our young people's predilectionfor all things "sport" has meant that Sport Science has become a vehicle for introduclng young adults to the wonders or science when the more established science subjects have failed. Indeed many sport science educated graduates later go on to study or have an Interest In the more traditional, but important, science disciplines, such as physiology and biochemistry, from which undergraduate numbers have been vastly depleted.

Associate Professor STEVE STANNARD
Head, School of Sport and Exercise. Massey University

Source: The Dominion Post, Letters to the editor 20/05/2010