This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide information about performance enhancing and prohibited drugs to athletes and implement strategies to assist athletes to effectively address those issues according to legislative and sport-specific regulations.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - build rapport with athletes; - convey information about performance enhancing and prohibited drugs to athletes; - negotiate appropriate strategies with athletes to address drug issues in sport; - seek feedback on the effectiveness of strategies; - language and literacy skills to access and interpret information on key drug issues relevant to the appropriate sport, and; - problem solving skills to assess effectiveness of strategies to address drug issues and modify accordingly.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - national and international anti-doping codes to enable accurate and current information to be conveyed to athletes; - classes of banned and restricted drugs to enable the communication of current information to athletes; - organisational policies and procedures to enable athletes to implement strategies regarding drugs in sport in a professional and supported manner; - short and long term physical and psychological effects of drugs on the human body; - credible information sources regarding drugs in sport to enable understanding of rights and responsibilities in relation to drugs in sport and to maintain accuracy and currency of knowledge; - drug testing procedures and protocols and sources of current information to maintain currency and accuracy of knowledge; - available support services in order to convey information to assist athletes with drugs in sports issues, and; - strategies to assist athletes to address drugs in sport issues.

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