This is Chaos – the little things in life that might throw you off when it comes to upholding anti-doping rules.
Athletes in the USADA RTP are required to designate an overnight location on their Whereabouts, and if that overnight location changes for some reason, athletes need to update USADA. Visit USADA.org/Whereabouts for more information and ways to update.
Dr. Chaos reminds athletes to check GlobalDRO.com before using any prescription medications.
And as always, remember to inform your physicians that you’re subject to anti-doping rules!
Did you know that dietary supplements are post-market regulated? This means that no regulatory body approves the accuracy of the label or safety of the contents before they are sold to consumers, so products can be contaminated with illegal and prohibited ingredients that aren’t listed on labels. And while you might be shaking your head at the ridiculousness of this Chaos situation, the reality is that supplement manufacturers could deliberately or unknowingly include harmful ingredients in their products and sell them undetected for months or years (or forever) before any regulatory agency takes action to remove the product from the market. Visit USADA.org/Supplement-Connect to realize, recognize, and reduce your risks from supplements.
HOW TO AVOID
Do you know how to avoid anti-doping CHAOS?
Check out the tools and resources you need to navigate substances, supplements, Whereabouts, and everything in between.
TOOLS TO AVOID
The Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO) provides athletes and support personnel with information about the prohibited status of specific medications based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.
Unlike prescription and over-the-counter medications, you can’t check supplements on Global DRO. Supplements are regulated differently than medications and always come with some level of risk for athletes. Visit Supplement Connect for more info.
This Clean Sport Handbook is designed to provide athletes and athlete support personnel with a summary of the information needed to successfully participate in the anti-doping program governing their sport.
USADA is unwavering in its belief that every athlete has the right to compete on a clean and level playing field, free from the pressures and influences of performance-enhancing drugs. For this reason, USADA makes available a number of ways to report the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs in sport in an effort to protect clean athletes and promote clean competition.
Athletes are subject to testing 365 days a year and do not have “off-seasons” or cutoff periods in which testing does not occur. Whereabouts information (dates, times, locations, etc.) is information submitted to USADA by an athlete that allows the athlete to be located for out-of-competition testing.
The TrueSport mission is simple and bold: to change the culture of youth sport by providing powerful educational tools to equip young athletes with the resources to build life skills and core values for success on and off the field.
SAY NO TO
Your Anti-Doping Checklist for Planned and Emergency Hospital Treatments
Use these checklists to address your anti-doping responsibilities before a planned hospital visit, or during and after an emergency visit.
Athlete Advisory: What Athletes Need to Know About Pharmacy Compounding
Athletes who have a prescription for a compounded medication or a compounded supplement should be aware that compounding pharmacies are risky. Compounded products are more likely to be contaminated because they are mixed by hand and there is limited regulatory oversight.
Medications vs. Supplements
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.
Pre-Competition Anti-Doping Checklist for 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.
Four Reasons Why ‘All-Natural’ Supplements Might Still Be Risky for Athletes
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.”
Three Things to Know about TUEs
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.