As you prepare for your upcoming competition, here are some resources that may save you from making a mistake that could jeopardize your athletic career:
Other USADA Resources
The use of nutritional or dietary supplements is completely at the athlete's own risk - even if the supplement label says "approved" or "verified." USADA's drug reference resources DO NOT provide information about dietary supplements.
Athletes who participate in this competition are subject to drug testing performed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in accordance with the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing.
BE ALERT - Knowing your rights and responsibilities may save you from making a mistake that could jeopardize your athletic career. The use of ALL dietary supplements is "at the athlete's own risk of committing a doping violation."
BE AWARE - Testing may take place at any time or after any round - preliminary, qualifying, or final - USADA typically selects place finishers and random athletes. Once notified, you will be accompanied by a chaperone until you report to the Doping Control Station. Athletes must report to the Doping Control Station immediately after notification unless there is an approved reason for delay. Reasons for delay that will be considered include, but are not limited to, retrieving identification, attending an awards ceremony, locating an Athlete Representative, cooling down, media obligations and preparing for another event. If there is a valid reason for delay, inform the Notifying Chaperone so he/she can confirm with a Doping Control Officer.
BE CLEAN - Checking to see if the medication you take is allowed could be the difference between passing your test and serving a doping ban. A search on USADA's easy-to-use Global Drug Reference Online™, or a quick call to USADA's Drug Reference Line™ (1-800-233-0393) , or a review of the Therapeutic Use Exemption procedure will help you understand if a medication is allowed or prohibited.
BE INFORMED - Watching USADA's short testing video will familiarize you with the drug testing process. When making travel arrangements please allow enough time for drug testing at the end of your event. This will include providing a sample and processing paperwork.
The adjudication of anti-doping rule violations or refusals to test will be carried out by USADA. Athletes found to have committed a doping violation will be disciplined according to penalties specified by the World Anti-Doping Code and, if appropriate, applicable IAAF rules. Such penalties may result in a period of ineligibility as well as disqualification from the event.
BE AWARE. BE INFORMED. BE ALERT. BE CLEAN.