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Athlete Event Preparation Checklist


All athletes who are members or license holders of an NGB or who participate in U.S. events or competitions that are sanctioned by an International Federation (IF), the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), or National Governing Body (NGB) are subject to drug testing in accordance with the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing. Athletes should ensure they are compliant with drug testing responsibilities for events by following the five steps below.


Check the Status of Your Medications

It is important to check the status of medications prior to competing. Access USADA's Global DRO online database, where you can search the status of a specific drug, ingredient, or brand name product. To speak with an expert, you can also call the Drug Reference Line at 800-233-0393. Keep in mind, these resources do not provide guidance on nutritional supplements.

Is Your Medication Prohibited? Apply for a TUE.

If your medication is prohibited, you may need a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).  Access the TUE area to determine if you need a TUE and if necessary, begin the TUE application process. Please note that a TUE will not always be granted. The USADA TUE policy is consistent with the WADA International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions and is designed to protect the rights of clean athletes.

Know your Rights and Responsibilities

At events, all participants are subject to testing.  If you are selected, know your rights and responsibilities during the testing process including sample collection process rights and responsibilities, minor athletes rights, and disabled athlete rights.

Familiarize Yourself with the Sample Collection Process

If you are selected for testing, you are subject to both blood and urine testing. The processes are designed to be both effective, yet safe and comfortable for the athlete.  Understanding the processes should help to make them less intimidating.

After the Event

USADA will send a copy of your results to the address that is listed on the Doping Control Official Record.  Learn more about the results management process.