The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) develops evidence-based position statements on new and complex topics in sports science and sports medicine, in order to provide guidance and leadership for the Australian high performance sport system.
Current positions on:
Sport-related concussion is a growing health concern in Australia. Research into the management of concussive injuries is progressing rapidly and so too are the guidelines for diagnosis, removal from sport, management, return to learn and return to sport.
In partnership with the Australian Medical Association, Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians and Sports Medicine Australia, the AIS has developed the following resources outlining best practice management for sport-related concussive injuries.
Recent advances in the field of genetics have led to an increase in use and availability of genetic testing. While genetic testing has proven to be of value in clinical medicine, there is no evidence to support the use of genetic testing for athletic performance improvement, sport selection or talent identification. Use of genetic testing as an absolute predictor of athletic prowess or sport selection is unscientific and unethical.
The following resources developed by the AIS address the implications of recent advances in the field of genetics and the consequences for athlete health and wellbeing.
Athletes with spinal cord injuries are at increased risk of developing urinary tract infections. However, information around prevention and management is limited, particularly for elite spinal cord injured athletes.
The following resource developed by the AIS and the Australian Paralympic Committee represents a set of clinical recommendations for the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infection in spinal cord injured athletes.