The more athletes know, the better they can manage the risk of a positive test. Athletes should take the time to read through this short list highlighting just a few of the top 2018 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List changes and prohibited substances that impact athletes.
Even though the topics discussed at the 2017 Science Symposium were highly technical, there are some key takeaways for everyone impacted by anti-doping science and rules.
In 2018, the Prohibited List has a number of changes of which athletes and support personnel need to be aware. Read through the changes.
Under the World Anti-Doping Code, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issues an annual List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, known as the Prohibited List, which is one of five International Standards. WADA reviews scientific and medical research, while also consulting with others in the anti-doping community, to make annual updates to the Prohibited List.
Given that they are both used for health purposes, it would be easy to assume that medications and supplements are regulated the same way and produced to the same standards, but unfortunately this is not the case. Unlike medications, supplements are regulated post-market, which means that no regulatory body evaluates the contents or safety of supplements before they are sold to consumers.
Following the resolution of a recent case involving zeranol, USADA would like to emphasize that there is an extremely small risk of encountering zeranol-tainted meat in the U.S. and subsequently testing positive in a doping control test.
When companies label food or supplements as “all natural,” they may be hoping that you will assume their products are safer and better than other products. However, in the context of foods or supplements, it is very difficult to know what is meant by “all-natural.”
Among athletes and consumers alike, there is often a misconception that dietary supplements are safe because they go through a robust vetting process like medicines and medical devices. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
For athletes, the field of regenerative medicine has been of particular interest in recent years because it has been promoted as a way to recover from sports injuries faster, often through the use of biological substances like platelet rich plasma (PRP).