ABOUT OWIA MEDICAL
The OWIA Sports Medicine & Athlete Support Services Working Group (SMASS WG) was created in 2014 following a comprehensive review post the Sochi OWG. The OWIA Sports Medicine Network has been created and is continuously developed to ensure best practice medical, physiotherapy and other related services are provided to OWIA and SSA-Para contracted athletes. Led by Dr Peter Braun, OWIA Chief Medical Officer, the SMASS WG meets weekly via teleconference to discuss specific needs on a case-by-case basis, facilitating quality athlete welfare. Ashley Merkur is the Medical Services & Rehabilitation Manager working closely with the CMO. Direct servicing of the athletes is delivered by internal staff supported by a network of external practitioners.
The OWIA selects professionals into the Sports Medicine Network with a personal commitment to excellence, who demonstrate a passion to assist OWIA and SSA-Para athletes in their elite sporting aspirations, and a desire to collaborate and contribute to a positive team culture.
Sixteen physiotherapy network members undertook assignments over the duration of the 2015-16 international season, with 438 physiotherapy coverage days by travelling physiotherapists between October-March. Coverage to OWIA contracted athletes included short track, long track, aerial skiing, mogul skiing and snowboard cross over the season and pro-athletes at their BMEs. Event coverage opportunities expanded this year to include select events for the Para winter disciplines of snowboard cross and alpine skiing, under an agreement with SSA.
Smass medical team
Medical policy and information
The OWIA anti-doping programmes seek to preserve what is intrinsically valuable about sport. This intrinsic value is often referred to as ‘the spirit of sport’. It is the essence of Olympism: the pursuit of human excellence through the dedicated perfection of each Person’s natural talents. It is how we play true. The spirit of sport is the celebration of the human spirit, body and mind, and is reflected in values we find in and through sport. For the latest WADA code please click here.
Keeping Sport Honest
Match-fixing: irregularly influencing the course or result of a sports event in order to obtain advantage for oneself or for others and to remove all or part of the uncertainty normally associated with sport.
Keeping children and young people (those aged under the age of 18) safe from abuse, discrimination and harassment and protecting them from people who are unsuitable to work with children is the whole community’s responsibility. It’s also a legal requirement, ethical obligation and a duty of care.