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.
DCOs play a critical role in USADA’s effort to preserve the integrity of clean sport, but just as importantly, they help define the athlete experience in regards to anti-doping. As such, USADA DCOs are held to a particularly high standard, meaning athletes can expect the following qualities and behaviors.
Protecting clean sport means that USADA tests athletes at every age and level of competition. Learn more about why and how USADA tests athletes.
Preparing for competition is a demanding process, but it’s important to remember the anti-doping requirements that go along with high-level sporting events. We created a brief list of anti-doping responsibilities to help you prepare to compete clean.
Three ways anti-doping agencies can embrace transparency & build trust with their constituents, possibly impacting the effectiveness of detection & deterrence strategies.
Unlike an adverse analytical finding, a non-analytical anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) does not stem from a positive urine or blood sample, but instead originates from, and is substantiated by, other evidence of doping or violations by an athlete or athlete support personnel. For example, a non-analytical ADRV may stem from an investigation into a tip to a confidential hotline.
What is the RTP? When athletes are added to USADA’s Registered Testing Pool, or RTP, it’s usually because they are among the highest-performing athletes in their sport, and as their performances increase, so to do their anti-doping responsibilities. Unlike other competitors, RTP athletes are responsible for providing USADA with their Whereabouts information, including their training…
How to RE>ACT When Doping is Close to Home In sport, the person taking short cuts to get ahead isn’t always a stranger from a rival team who can be reduced to the label “cheater”. Sometimes, you might know the person as friend, teammate, sibling, or even mentor. When you know the person making…
It’s easy to be tempted by the marketing schemes of energy drinks, especially when you are trying to keep busy athletes fueled and hydrated. However, it’s important to know that energy drinks are not necessarily a healthy, or even safe, way to hydrate.