BAFA has established a Sport Science and Medicine Committee to support the Board in its responsibilities of player welfare and development.
Last week we wrote how BAFA has created an advisory board in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. Now there are vacancies within BAFA to join the Sport Science and Medicine committee. This Committee will seek to improve the care provided to athletes and the professional knowledge of practitioners, to ensure that effective support is available to American football players at all levels of the sport in the UK.
The BAFA Board is seeking individuals with significant expertise in the following areas to form the newly created Committee:
– Sport medical
– Athlete mental health and wellbeing
– Strength and Conditioning
– Sport nutrition
– American football coaching
The Committee will be responsible for a number of duties including but not limited to: Emphasise best practice delivery across all areas of sport science and sport medicine. Provide counsel on the framework for player conditioning at all levels from grassroots to senior GB, inputting expert, evidence-based advice in areas including strength and conditioning, nutrition, physiotherapy, psychology and medical. Collate and create educational resources to support practitioners and allow them to develop their professional skills to adapt to evolving player needs and expectations at all levels of the sport. Advise the BAFA board regarding the current state of medical provision in British American Football, as well as providing guidance on future policy changes. Provide independent advice regarding cases affecting medical professionals in the sport. This will NOT be legal advice, instead the Committee can be used as a sounding board for questions or concerns regarding cases. Develop and review guidelines using latest evidence base for ‘return to play’ following injury and head trauma. Guide, collate and generate resources to support the mental health and wellbeing of players at all levels of the sport. Lead on the consultation and engagement of the partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD.) Work on the development of anti-doping policies and procedures. Act as a sounding board for anti-doping cases. Introduce new technologies, research, resources and services from external organisations that add value to British American Football. Make recommendations to the BAFA Board and Responsible Officers on the development of the GB Talent Pathway. Consider partnerships and generate resources that can be used to support the transitions of players at the end of their playing careers.
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