On September 19, 2017 in the conference hall of new National Olympic Centre the National Olympic Committee of Armenia was organized an Awareness Campaign for medical personnel.
The campaign which included a one-day Education seminar and Survey for medical personnel is the main part of Armenian NOC project “Increasing the awareness of sports doctors in preventing the use of doping sport nutrition, emergency procedures in sports events and treatment of injuries without use of prohibited substances and methods” which was approval by Olympic Solidarity Found on June 26, 2017.
To participate in the seminar were invited the medical personnel from Sport Medicine & Anti-Doping Service Republican Centre, Special Sport Polyclinic of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia, doctors and physicians of the National Teams, sport doctors and physicians from Armenian regions.
The 18 representatives of follow national sport federation included national team doctors and follow federation`s administrators: Athletic, Basketball, Boxing, Sambo, Wrestling , Taekwondo, Weightlifting, Judo, Gymnastic, Rowing, figure skating, Hockey, Handball, Swimming, Diving, Skiing, Cycling, Shooting and 8 representatives of mass media. Total number of participants is 84.
The official Opening Ceremony of the seminar was attended by the Minister of Sport and NOC General Secretary Hrachya Rostomyan who delivered a greeting in which, in particular, he dwelled on the problem of doping in modern sports. As the Secretary General pointed out, the Armenian NOC in the person of NOC President pays close attention to this problem.
Starting in 2013, the National Anti-Doping Organization successfully operates in Armenia, which is funded by the state and the NOC, suffice it to say that before every Olympic Games all athletes the members of the Olympic team of Armenia pass several tests. The work done is highly appreciated by WADA and international federations.
The work done is highly appreciated by WADA and international federations. Numerous training seminars on doping problems, conducted in recent years, have paid off. In particular, in the last 3 years only one case of doping has been recorded, which was associated with the use of a contaminated food additive. In this aspect, this seminar is very important for representatives of federations and sports doctors and physicians, as it affects the most important problems of sports medicine. The short TV report about the seminar is in link (http://www.kentron.tv/news/14580.html)
Before start the Presentation every participant (medical personal) was received and filled the Questionnaire.
The working part of the seminar was opened by the presentation Prof. Pavle Kasradze, sport traumatology, PhD, MD, Head of Sport Medicine Faculty of Tbilisi State Medical University, President of Georgian Anti-Doping Agency (GADA).His presentation “ Physiological mechanisms, method and scope of application. Method of PlasmaLifting” (see Appendix 1) was very interesting and caused a lot of questions from the participants of the seminar. After coffee break Prof. Areg Hovhannisyan presented a comparative analysis of the 2017 and 2018 List of prohibited substances and methods and “Therapeutic Use Exemptions Guidelines request for doctors” (see Appendix 2 and Appendix 3).
After the lunch Head of Medical Commission of Armenia Football Federation, Doctor of Armenian National Football teams Dr. Karen Stepanyan, presented a new protocol of emergency procedures in sports events. The Presentation was very interesting for participants especially for sport doctors and physicians of national teams. Numerous questions were asked Dr. Stepanyan to which he gave exhaustive answers.
Finally the correct answers to the questionnaire were submitted to the participants and a discussion was conducted regarding the responses received at the Survey.
At the end of the seminar the participants adopted a Resolution on the importance of holding such seminars. Unanimously, it was decided in 2018 regularly hold such education workshops once a quarter.
Given the exceptional importance of training sports physicians in the aspect of protecting net athletes and introducing new methods of treatment and rehabilitation of athletes in their work
To consider the seminar held to be extremely important and fruitful.
Invite the Ministry to find an opportunity to organize similar seminars in 2018 with the involvement of leading experts of the Republic of Armenia on doping control of pharmacological support for athletes, treatment and rehabilitation.
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