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Olympic Charter Review: Medical Care and Health of Athletes [World Sports Update (Third Quarter 2014)]

Author: Michael L. Buckner, Esquire (Shareholder)

Buckner begins a series highlighting recommendations International Federations (IFs), National Olympic Committees (NOCs). National Federations and Organizing Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs) can use to ensure compliance with the Olympic Charter.

 

Rule and Bylaw

  • Olympic Charter Rule 26-1.8: IFs are required “to encourage and support measures relating to the medical care and health of athletes”.
  • Olympic Charter Rule 27-2-2.7: NOCs are required “to encourage and support measures relating to the medical care and health of athletes”.

 

Recommendation

IFs, NOCs and National Federations should ensure sports medicine program are comprehensive and serve to support the delivery of adequate medical care for, and health of, athletes. Specifically, an effective sports medicine program should address numerous areas, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Concussion management
  • Compliance with national laws and international sports federation regulations relating to medical care and health
  • Sports medicine business operations (including review of record keeping systems, insurance payment systems and other processes)
  • Mental health protocols
  • Medication dispensation in the athletics environment
  • Emergency action plans for athletic training and competition settings
  • Policies and procedures relating to equipment, infraction control, catastrophic injuries and other issues
  • Compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and other applicable protocols
  • Sports medicine professionals and volunteer background checks and reviews
  • Athlete post-injury follow-up procedures and protocols
  • Athlete pre-participation physical examination policy and procedure reviews.

Please contact Tim Neal, Buckner sports medicine consultant, at +1-954-941-1844 or tneal@bucknersportslaw.com for assistance with the development or enhancement of a sports medicine program.