Sport and Exercise Nutritionists Commit to Protect Clean Sport

Sport and Exercise Nutritionists Commit to Protect Clean Sport

25 May 2016

The Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) has partnered with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) to develop a “Clean Sport Commitment Statement”, demonstrating their support for clean sport and their role in protecting athlete support personnel (ASP) from inadvertently breaking the anti-doping rules.

SENr is hosted and managed by the British Dietetic Association. It is a voluntary register designed to accredit those individuals who have the competency to work autonomously with athletes, from the elite to the exercising public.

SENr has pledged its support for the protection of clean athletes and their ASP by committing that all SENr registered nutritionists will be expected to undertake the UKAD Accredited Advisor course, as well as abide by UKAD’s anti-doping policies and procedures.

SENr registered nutritionists will also commit to ensuring they do not condone, assist or support the use of prohibited substances or methods in any aspect of their work.

UKAD Head of Education and Athlete Support, Amanda Batt said:

“A vital aspect of our primary prevention strategy is to increase the levels of knowledge and decision making within the ASP community through our Clean Sport Education programmes. Our partnership with SENr supports this strategy and together we aim to minimise the risks of inadvertent doping by ensuring registered sports nutritionists are able to advise athletes in line with the anti-doping rules.

“We are seeing an increasing number of athletes turning to supplements to try and enhance their performance often without any clear guidance from a qualified professional. Supplements can never be guaranteed that they are free from banned substances and we are grateful to SNEr for their support in managing this risk and publically committing to, and promoting the clean sport message.”

Chair of SENr, Dr Stuart Galloway said:

“The Board of SENr is really pleased to be able to make this clear statement of support for UKAD’s clean sport message. SENr registrants have a vital role to play in helping athletes to stay clean, maximise the benefits of nutrition, and advise them on appropriate use of supplements. We look forward to working closely with UKAD on further projects in the future.”

British Dietetic Association CEO, Andy Burman said:

“It is immensely encouraging to see the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register building an important working relationship with UK Anti-Doping. This a great step forwards in emphasising the importance of clean sport which is extremely relevant in the current climate.”

To read the full SENr Clean Sport Commitment Statement please visit the UKAD website.

Notes to Editors:

UK Anti-Doping

UK Anti-Doping is responsible for ensuring sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code through implementation and management of the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy.

UK Anti-Doping’s functions include an education and information programme, athlete testing across more than 40 Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports, intelligence management and exclusive results management authority for the determination of anti-doping rule violations.

SENr

The Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) is integral to sport in the UK by being the professional register for Sport and Exercise Nutrition practitioners. SENr’s role is to develop the profession of sport and exercise nutrition in the UK, to provide professional development opportunities and set standards of practice for sport and exercise nutritionists.

British Dietetic Association

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 8,500 members. The BDA is also an active trade union.

For queries about the BDA and SENr contact:

Daniella Wood I Communications Officer I e: pr@bda.uk.com I T: 0800 048 1714 or

Rosanna Hudson I SENr Manager I e: r.hudson@bda.uk.com | T: 0121 200 8045 

For UKAD Media Information Contact:

Tom Everett I Media and PR Officer I e: tom.everett@ukad.org.uk I T: +44 (0) 77 1148 9502

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