Your Anti-Doping Checklist for Planned and Emergency Hospital Treatments
For many athletes, both planned and emergency hospital visits for treatment and surgery may be particularly necessary because of sports injuries and sports-related surgeries. However, athletes who compete in sanctioned events must take certain steps to account for anti-doping rules, which prohibit substances and methods that may be used during treatment or surgery at a hospital.
There are different steps to take for planned and emergency hospital treatments, but athletes’ health and well-being must always remain the top priority. Consequently, emergency medical care should never be withheld on grounds that the substance or method is prohibited. Keep in mind that all the decisions about your medical care are between you and your physician.
Use the checklists below to address your anti-doping responsibilities before a planned hospital visit, or during and after an emergency visit.