ST Code of Ethics
The ‘Sports Trainer Code of Ethics’ is the governing SMA and ‘best practice’ policy for all practising
sports trainers. There are five key principles that sports trainers must agree to;
- It is the primary role of the Sports First Aider/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 First Aider/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 qualification, the Sports First Aider/Trainer must, if appropriate, refer to a more qualified health professional.
- Sports First Aiders/Trainers are trained to provide definite skills and knowledge (as outlined in the roles and responsibilities) to sport clubs/sporting events and it is acceptable to receive remuneration for their time involvement with that club/event. It is, however, clearly inappropriate and outside of the role in which the Sports First Aider/Trainer is educated, for a Sports First Aider/Trainer to offer him/herself as a primary health care practitioner and charge on a fee-for-service basis.
- If a Sports First Aider/Trainer is found to be acting outside of the above guidelines they will be investigated by Sports Medicine Australia and possibly have their certification/accreditation revoked.