When it comes to supplements, there is a spectrum of risk for a positive anti-doping test or adverse health event. There are numerous red flags to look out for as an athlete or consumer considering the use of supplements.
Mihail (Mike) Alexandrov, of Los Angeles, Calif., an athlete in the sport of swimming, has accepted a one-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation.
While athletes should consult health professionals about the use of supplements, it’s equally important for athletes and their support personnel to understand that supplements and medications are very different in terms of regulation and safety.
Athletes should always tell their treating physician that they are subject to anti-doping rules since compliance is ultimately the athlete’s responsibility. Due to these strict liability principles, athletes risk an anti-doping rule violation and sanction, including a possible period of ineligibility, even if they received poor guidance from their primary care providers.
A win-at-all costs attitude can be revealed through various behaviors and by various members of the sports community, from athletes, to coaches, to parents.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has provided recommendations for anti-doping organizations concerning the use of the new generation “BEREG-KIT Geneva” security bottles used in urine sample collection.
Staci Mannella, of Randolph, N.J., an athlete in the sport of Paralympic alpine skiing, has tested positive for a prohibited substance, which was determined to have been ingested by her without fault or negligence.
David Less, of Hamburg, N.Y., an athlete in the sport of cycling, has accepted a two-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation due to his refusal to provide a sample.