From coaches and physiotherapists to family and friends, there can be many different people in your entourage who will each play an important role in helping you achieve success in your career.

Your entourage includes anyone who has an influence on your career and who works to enhance your performance – be it on or off the field of play. As well as your family, friends and coach, your entourage may include an agent, manager, physical trainer, medical staff, sponsors and even a lawyer.

It is important to ensure that these people always have your best interests at heart and that these relationships only have a positive effect on your career. That is why the IOC established an Athletes’ Entourage Commission. Its goal is to protect your interests by helping you choose the right entourage and by educating the people around you so that they can support you in the right way.

The IOC has also produced lots of useful information relating to your entourage, while the Athlete Learning Gateway offers a number of short courses that could help the people around you and enable them to bring out the best in you.

It’s so important to have the greatest people around you that help you perform at your best at any time.

Florence Schelling, Olympic bronze medallist, ice hockey