The primary role and responsibilities of SMA Sports Trainers are as follows:
- Apply his or her knowledge and skills to help make sport and recreation safer. This is achieved by implementing appropriate injury prevention regimes; applying appropriate initial injury management procedures; and referring injuries as necessary, to a more qualified health professional for further advice and management;
- Clearly understand their defined roles and responsibilities and work within the limits of their qualifications and hence not assume roles outside of those pre-determined ones. In keeping within the limits of their qualification, the Sports Trainer must, if appropriate, refer to a more qualified health professional;
- Assure athletes and yourself that your actions are at all times unambiguously professional, and appreciate the importance of seeking to defuse anxiety and apprehension before touching an athlete by means of verbal explanation of your intention;
- Provide definite skills and knowledge to sport clubs and/or sporting events;
- Not offer themselves 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 Sports Medicine Australia and possibly have their certification and accreditation revoked.