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Sports Medicine

Principal Medical Officer – Dr Charles Howse BM BS FACSP

Dr Howse’s role sees him develop and revise protocols for the best practice management of common rowing related injuries and illnesses, provide ongoing rowing specific ‘world’s best’ education to the RA preferred provider network and act as an advisor to the Board of Rowing Australia on all medical and anti-doping matters.  He is also responsible for the oversight of the medical services to the two National Training Centres, and as the Team Doctor for major tours and competitions.

Dr Howse ensures the compliance of RA with the AIS Sports Medicine Best Practice Principles and advises the RA High Performance Unit on the selection and appointment of appropriate clinicians for all Australian Rowing Teams (Junior, U21, U23 and Senior A).

The primary roles of the RA Principal Medical Officer are to:
1. Coordinate the medical care of priority Australian Rowing Team (ARTeam) athletes through the daily training and team environments
2. Monitor the progress of any injury or illness in a priority ARTeam athlete and provide expert advice to athlete, coach and managing medical practitioner as required
3. Provide ongoing rowing specific “world’s best” education to the RA preferred provider network
4. Develop and revise protocols for the best practice management of common rowing related injuries and illnesses
5. Act as an advisor to the Board of Rowing Australia on all medical and anti-doping matters
6. Advise the RA High Performance Team on the selection and appointment of appropriate clinicians for all ARTeams
7. Ensure compliance of RA with the AIS Sports Medicine Best Practice Principles

Medical Policies:

Rowing Australia Anti-Doping Policy
Sports Foods, Medical and Nutritional Supplementation Policy
Sleep and Sedative Policy
RA No Needles Policy
RA Illicit Drugs in Sport Policy
Event Policies – coming soon
Medical Management Policy

Preferred Provider Network

RA has a network of Physiotherapists & Doctors providing services to our elite rowers in the ARTeam and SIS / SAS environments. These Practitioners also work in private practice and provide Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy services to all aspiring elite, school and club level rowers. RA has also established a network of providers who have an interest in rowing and do not currently treat rowers at the elite level. The full list of providers can be accessed here 2016 (September) Preferred Providers List.