Under the USADA partnership, the ACSM’s membership will be asked to adhere to an eight-plank statement of principles of ethical behavior. Among the principles: “I will use all means possible to deter doping by athletes I am treating or training.”
“If we’re going to require ethical decision-making by athletes, we need to require it by their support personnel, especially the medical doctors,” USADA chief executive officer Terry Madden said. “Our work in the BALCO case over the past four years ... has taught us the importance of going after the suppliers and providers of performance-enhancing drugs. We need to redirect the focus.”
The plan is to get other medical groups and sports governing bodies to adopt the ethical standards, too, in the United States and abroad.
“It’s extremely important that we get to the source. Athletes are not going to be able to have access to prohibited substances unless they have someone who’s helping them,” USADA’s board chairman Ralph Hale said. “And the biggest help right now tends to be people in the (medical) profession.”
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