Lausanne, Switzerland, January 27, 2016 - The FIVB Medical Commission met at the International Volleyball Headquarters in Lausanne on Wednesday to review work carried out over the last year as part of the federation's core commitment to promoting a clean sport. Anti-doping and sports medicine were discussed, as were plans to intensify testing and develop partnerships with national anti-doping organisations in the build-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The FIVB has continued to educate and communicate around anti-doping in 2015. The FIVB Play Clean programme, an e-learning tool on the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, helped to educate over 5000 beach volleyball and volleyball athletes and support personnel in 2015.
Education Outreach Programmes were organised at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships The Netherlands 2015, the FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship in Turkey and the FIVB Volleyball World Cup in Japan. Dominican Republic volleyball player Jineiry Martinez’s also participated in the successful Play True 2020 initiative.
Play Clean Ambassador Fabi talks about Education - watch the video.
The FIVB continues to communicate around medical issues via dedicated pages on fivb.com and on the FIVB Medical Twitter account.
The focus of the Medical Commission meeting then turned to the FIVB’s medical programme in 2015.
The commission members heard a report on the Referees Health Management Plan, which is in place for volleyball and beach volleyball referees. Alcohol tests for referees are carried out by the Medical Commission too. Watch the video below for more information.
Other topics covered included the injury surveillance BJSM publication and a heat stress monitoring project, as well as a review of accredited medical personnel.