Education

 

How can we better fight against doping ?

We are convinced that the long-term solution to preventing doping is through effective prevention and clean sport values-based education programmes. This way we can altogether create a strong anti-doping culture.

There are a few online education programmes, created by WADA and made available by the FIG, meant for gymnasts, coaches, national federations, parents or any other person wishing to know more about the anti-doping world. You can find these programmes below with a short introduction, and we invite you to use them actively!

Alpha

The Athlete Learning Program about Health and Anti-Doping (ALPHA) has been developed with the input of eLearning specialists, athletes, anti-doping specialists and anti-doping social scientists. It was officially launched at the ADO Symposium, in Lausanne on 25-26 March 2014.

Based on the latest findings in Social Science Research and learning technology, the aim of this tool is to change attitudes and therefore have an impact on those who intend to dope. Therefore, if effective, the tool will potentially reduce doping behavior amongst athletes who are already doping, or prevent other athletes from doing so at all. If the intention of the learner was not to dope, the tool provides all the necessary information for an athlete and reinforces the protective factors.

The uniqueness of this tool lies in its ability to provide positive solutions to athletes to stay clean. By studying all the performance-related areas, such as rest and recovery, training, nutrition and helping athletes to identify where they could do better, the tool shifts the focus away from what athletes are not allowed to do to instead providing athletes with solutions to allow continued progression in a clean way. The tool also allows athletes to recognize when they are in situations which put them at risk of doping, and provides them with ready-made solutions to resist pressures to dope.

ALPHA’s effectiveness can be measured through the provision of information, whereby knowledge is measured through pre- and post-tests, and pre- and post-tests that measure all predictions of doping intention. This includes self-efficacy, subjective norms, perceived control, beliefs and willingness. The measurement of effectiveness will allow for evaluation and, therefore, the program’s continuous improvement.

Once a pre-test is complete, the learner is then taken through a short introduction explaining the learning process.

The first six sessions included in the program are based on the same structure. A motivational scenario is presented, placing the learner in a position where he/she has to help a teammate solve a problem. The learner is then provided with material such as a tutorial and other information/resources, and a moral reasoning activity. This allows the learner to help his/her teammates, by explaining the “how” and “why” of the solution.

The six sessions are :

  • Ethical Reasons not to Dope
  • Medical Reasons not to Dope
  • The Doping Control Process
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • TUEs
  • Whereabouts

The final two sessions of the program concentrate on providing athletes with positive solutions to enhance performance, and ways to identify risk factors. The use of video messages from the WADA Athlete Committee members is expected to have a strong impact, as it is a use of peer-to-peer education. The message does not emanate from authorities, but from fellow experienced athletes.

With booster sessions proven to increase effectiveness, a reminder will be sent by email six months after the completion of the program.

CoachTrue

The FIG promotes the use of this program called CoachTrue, which is an online learning tool that will allow coaches to learn more about the fight against doping, and thus be more effective in preventing it. This software was developed by WADA, it provides a platform for coaches of elite athletes, and a platform dedicated to recreational sports coaches.

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The following features are included in the elite-level module of CoachTrue :

Pre-Test : Allows coaches to identify current knowledge base

Tutorials : A series of presentations with voice-overs that provide essential information on the following topics :

  • Health consequences of doping
  • Accountability
  • Results management
  • Therapeutic use exemptions
  • Whereabouts
  • Decision making

Scenario-Based Activities : Practical application of acquired knowledge to possible real-life scenarios.

Who Wants to Play True : A fun way for coaches to test their knowledge of anti-doping issues.

Post-Test and Certification : Once coaches have completed all required elements, including a final assessment of learning (post-test), they are awarded a certificate of completion.

Play True Quiz

WADA's Play True Quiz is an interactive computer game that tests athletes’ knowledge about anti-doping. An integral element of its Outreach Program, WADA devoted considerable resources to the development of the interactive computer game which has been showcased at major events including the Olympics, Paralympics and many world championships.

The Quiz is currently available in 26 languages.

Play True Challenge

Play True Challenge is a computer simulation that was launched during the first Youth Olympic Games, in Singapore, in August 2010.

Play True Challenge has two sides: sport and life.

Play True Challenge is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Russian.

Click here to select a language

WADA Digital Library

This library helps you to have a quicker and easier access to all information about doping. Created by WADA, this library contain a personalized research program to conduct you directly to the subjects you are looking for.

http://library.wada-ama.org/

http://bibliotheque.wada-ama.org/