The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) provides for a range of information and interactive education possibilities.
Athlete Learning Program about Health and Anti-Doping (ALPHA)
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.
FINA is pleased to present the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) CoachTrue Programme. In order to meet the coaches’ learning needs and their demanding schedule, WADA has launched CoachTrue, a computer-based, self-teaching anti-doping tool.
CoachTrue’s elite-level module has the following features:
- Pre-Test: An evaluation of the coach’s current knowledge - Tutorials: A series of presentations with voice-overs that provide essential information on the following topics:
1. Health consequences of doping 2. Coach’s accountability 3. Results management 4. Therapeutic use exemptions 5. Whereabouts 6. Decision-making
- Scenario-Based Activities: A practical application of acquired knowledge to likely real-life scenarios - Who Wants to Play True: A fun way for coaches to test their knowledge on anti-doping issues - Post-Test & Certification: Once coaches have completed all required learning steps, including a final assessment (post-test), they receive a certificate of participation.