Hoping to provide a fresh new method of anti-doping education, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has produced an online educational course for athletes called ALPHA, which is designed to teach athletes about anti-doping policies and ways to stay clean of doping within their sport.
Rob Koehler, the Director of WADA’s Education and Program Development department, says the program approaches anti-doping education in a new way.
“Instead of telling athletes ‘Don’t do this and don’t do that,’ which can come across as negative and daunting, ALPHA provides athletes with solutions,” Koehler says in Play True Magazine, the official publication of WADA.
ALPHA stands for Athlete Learning Program about Health and Anti-Doping, and you can find more about it on the WADA website here.
WADA has been working on the program for two years. It’s an 8-session course taken online. Though athletes are encouraged to take it in several stages, the whole course should take about two hours to complete consecutively, Play True magazine reports.
Here are the first 6 sessions, as listed on the WADA website:
- Ethical Reasons not to Dope
- Medical Reasons not to Dope
- The Doping Control Process
- Rights and Responsibilities
The final two sessions focus on “providing athletes with positive solutions to enhance performance, and ways to identify risk factors,” the site says.
The program is currently available in English, with more languages to be added down the road, starting with French and Spanish later this year.
You can find the program itself on the WADA website here.