West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett has raised concerns that some sports scientists were beginning to put their own reputation ahead of the interests of their clubs.
Speaking at the club's community camp in Northam this morning, Nisbett said yesterday's revelations of widespread performance enhancing drug use in Australian sport was the culmination of a recent trend towards sports scientists gaining a bigger public profile.
“(Sports science) has been big all along, it’s probably been at the forefront over the last few years because there’s been a lot of self-promotion by some of the sports scientists,” he said.
“That self-promotion hasn’t been good in my view.
“Sports scientists are no different to most of the people who work at the footy club, their role has been to get the athletes right, get them in tip-top shape and get them out on the field.
“We’re very fortunate, (High Performance Manager) Glen Stewart has been with us for 23 years, been an outstanding advocate for sports science and what we do and he runs a very good department.”
Essendon sports scientist Dean Robinson, nicknamed ‘The Weapon’, gained notoriety last year when he was hired to bulk up the young Bombers list.
He was stood down this week pending an investigation into the use of questionable supplements at the club.
Nisbett said he was wary of the damage allegations of performance enhancing drug use had already caused to the AFL but was confident there were no such issues at West Coast.
“We’re one of the major advocates, we’ve had an illicit drug problem several years ago, we’ve dealt with it, we’re relying on our players and our staff to have the utmost credibility and integrity and our players believe in that,” he said.
“I think people should have credibility when they work in any organisation, we have a very thorough induction process with all our staff, values testing and things that we have to do and people have to get through.
“We check credibility of our staff members before they work with us so all of those things we think are normal in a well-run organisation.”