SMA extends Sports Trainer Accreditation expiry dates in response to COVID19

May 15, 2020

SMA Sports Trainer Accreditations expiring March – September 2020

Sports Trainers play a crucial role in in the return of both training and competition.

SMA Sports Trainer Accreditation lasts for 3 years and then needs to be renewed.

To support a smooth resumption of sport, SMA has extended all Sports Trainer Accreditations that were due to expire from 19th March 2020 to 19th September 2020 for a further six months. The six-month period applies from the date of the person’s current expiry date.

Further extensions may be applied should they be required.

People who are granted an extension will be advised by email.

Working together for Safer Sport

It will be vital for Sports Trainers who are re-engaged in sport over the coming weeks and months to ensure that they are clear about expectations relating to community gatherings, social distancing, hygiene, infection control and how to safely undertake physical contact with athletes where necessary to perform essential sports medical duties.

Sports Medicine Australia is working with experts and key stakeholders to develop and update education material for Sports Trainers and the community sport sector.

Important information can be found here.

Accredited Sports Trainers must communicate and collaborate with sports medical colleagues to assess risk and to deliver safe care informed by relevant guidance, evidence and professional standards.

Look after your own health and follow national public health directions relevant to your local community.

SMA encourages athletes, sporting personnel and volunteers to sign up to the COVIDSafe app which aims to speed up the process of identifying and contacting people who have been exposed to coronavirus, helping to stop further community transmission.