The drugs in sport furore is a wake-up call that more education is needed at club level, the nation's peak sports medicine body says.

Sports Medicine Australia spokesperson Mark Brown said that, with supplement use at an all-time high, clubs across all codes should do more to teach players and staff about the potential effects and dangers of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs).

The Australian Crime Commission report which sent a tremor through Australian sport when released last week focussed on the growing use of PIEDS, notably peptides, some of them banned under the World Anti-Doping Agency code.

"All clubs are looking for a sporting edge, however player health needs to remain a top priority," Brown said on Friday.

"Further emphasis needs to be placed on the basic principles of knowing what is being ingested, understanding the effects and potential side effects of these supplements and seeking the right advice."

He said athletes should still be turning to sports medicine professionals for advice.

But he stopped short of wholly backing a move by the peak body representing sports medicine professionals to self-regulate the industry.

Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) on Tuesday said it would nominate itself to act as an "independent, consistent arbiter for sports scientists", in its move to "protect" clubs and athletes from accusations of wrongdoing.

The body wants to work alongside all sport codes to create a new regulatory system and a code of ethics for sports scientists, and prevent de-registered sports scientists from "code-hopping".

"It goes without saying that all health professionals should be appropriately accredited or government registered," Mr Brown said.

 

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