Sport Integrity Framework: Player Welfare
11 June 2019
Ensuring the welfare of players both on and off the field, and at all levels of sport, is a critical element in the provision of sport.
For sport to enrich the lives of New Zealanders, player welfare should be front of mind for all those who deliver sport from grass roots through to high performance. Management, officials, coaches, medical personnel and many others have a role to play in supporting the health, safety and well-being of all those involved both on and off the field.
On the field this means focusing on things like minimising risk and appropriately managing injuries. Off the field this includes providing support and advice around issues that are both sport specific, and some that impact wider society. These might include drugs, prescription medication, relationships, gambling and social media use.
Sport NZ role
Sport NZ provides some support and high-level advice both to its partners and the wider sport system on many areas of player welfare. Sport NZ also supports the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand which provides dispute resolution services for athletes and the wider sector. High Performance Sport NZ (HPSNZ) provides an extensive range of support services to targeted high performance athletes, including medical, physiotherapy, sports psychology and nutrition and supplements advice. It also runs the Athlete Friendly Network which connects athletes with businesses providing quality services, resources and expertise of use in and out of the sport environment. HPSNZ also has a comprehensive Code of Conduct in place for staff working with high performance athletes.