It’s to be expected that athletes may experience medical conditions over the course of their sport careers, which may require that they use a medication or receive medical treatment. If the substance or method prescribed to treat that medical condition is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), athletes can apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), and if granted, obtain permission to use a prohibited substance or method for a specified time period.
Protecting clean athletes’ rights by detecting and deterring the use of dangerous, banned performance-enhancing substances and methods is at the core of what USADA does.
Athletes under USADA’s jurisdiction are prohibited from using the substances and methods found on the WADA Prohibited List and are responsible for what is in their bodies at all times.
USADA is here to help athletes understand their responsibilities regarding prohibited substances and methods, providing numerous drug reference resources to make things as simple as possible for athletes and their support personnel.