Sports Trainer Code of Ethics

Sports Trainer Code of Ethics

It is the primary role of the Sports First Aider or Trainer to apply his/her
knowledge and skills to help make sport and recreation safer. This is
achieved by implementing appropriate injury prevention regimes; in the
case of injury, applying appropriate initial management procedures; and
referring injuries, as necessary, to a more qualified health professional for
further advice and management.

The Sports Trainer must clearly understand their defined roles and
responsibilities and has a moral responsibility to work within the limits of
their qualifications and hence not assume roles outside of those predetermined
ones. In keeping within the limits of their qualifications, the
Sports Trainer must, if appropriate, refer injuries to a more qualified
health professional.

Sports Trainers are trained to provide definite skills and knowledge (as
outlined in the roles and responsibilities) to sports clubs/sporting events
and it is acceptable to receive remuneration for their time and
involvement with that club/event. It is, however, clearly inappropriate and
outside of the role in which the Sports Trainer is educated, for a Sports
Trainer to offer him/herself as a primary health care practitioner and
charge on a fee-for-service basis.

If a Sports Trainer is found to be acting outside of the above guidelines
they will be investigated by SMA and possibly have their
certification/accreditation revoked.