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Zero Tolerance Anti-Doping Newsletter
Volume 2, Issue 4 - June 2005

In This Issue

Why Zero Tolerance?

USA Track & Field CEO Craig A. Masback and USATF President Bill Roe developed the plan in concert with the USATF Board of Directors in October 2003 by combining existing programs and USATF priorities with ambitious new initiatives. "Zero Tolerance" focuses on three goals: increasing efforts to catch and punish cheaters; expanding educational efforts and focusing the message on the theme that cheating is wrong and cheaters will be caught; and taking a more visible role on these issues.

Attention Athletes

If you need to take a medication that contains a prohibited substance, you must complete the proper paperwork - either an Abbreviated Therapeutic Use Exemption (ATUE) or a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) - before competing at an event where you could be subject to doping control.

ATUE & TUE forms and instructions can be found on the USADA website at in the Athlete Express section or by contacting USATF's Melissa Beasley at Melissa Beasley.

If you have questions regarding which form you need to complete or the application process - please contact USADA's Camila Zardo at 719-785-2045.

Latest News

$1 Million in Research Grants Awarded by USADA

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), in efforts to prohibit performance-enhancement drugs in sports, has awarded more than $1 million in grants contributing to the funding for new research methods, including a recent study on gene manipulation.

USADA has been active in their commitment to keep sports clean by contributing $2 million in research annually. Dr. Larry Bowers, USADA Senior Managing Director, believes the investments made in future research will contribute to the education and awareness of drugs in sports. These opportunities can also help prevent the use of drugs in sports.

NCAA and USADA Seek to Close Test Gap

The NCAA and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) are meeting to discuss the gap between the drug-testing programs that exists between the two organizations. Currently, there are a wide variety of differences that exists that the organizations are looking to address in hopes of bridging the gap.

For example athletes who are banned by either their national or international federations continue to have collegiate eligibility. Other major differences in the programs include different banned lists from the NCAA and WADA as well as inconsistencies regarding doping penalties and disclosure policies.

Track & Field Remains Most Tested by USADA

According to the first quarter report for 2005, track and field remains to be the most tested sport reported by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Out of 1,767 domestic tests administered by USADA, 359 were carried out on track and field athletes. Swimming was second with 178, and cycling followed with 105 tests.

Rapid Healing Technique Questioned by Anti-Doping Rules

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has questioned the use of a treatment called "blood-spinning". The treatment is mainly used to increase the healing process of injuries and enhance the healing quality of damaged wounds and tissue.

It is WADA's fear that the treatment may introduce banned substances into the body by re-injecting a person's own blood. The blood-spinning process allows for the patient's blood samples to develop five times their normal level. This allows the so-called platelets to release an abundance of natural growth factors (NGFs) that help accelerate the healing process.

The production of NGFs is WADA's main concern. Some of the NGFs that appear on the banned list are the growth hormones. The likeliness of an athlete benefiting from this procedure prior to a competition is still considered a debatable topic.

WADA continues to monitor the use of this technique.

Athlete Advantage

Get your advantage with USADA's Athlete's Advantage program, which provides tools and resources to help athletes more easily comply with anti-doping rules and policies.

The Athlete's Advantage ToolKit is a handy three-ring calendar binder containing important USADA publications, and is available to athletes in the Out-of-Competition (OOC) testing program. USADA recently launched Athlete's Advantage Online helping athletes in the OOC testing program to learn how and where to access anti-doping resources. Athletes in the OOC testing program can sign up to receive the ToolKit while going through the Online project, by e-mailing or calling (866) 601-2632 ext. 2044 or (719) 785-2044. USADA publications are available to all athletes.

Get your advantage now by visiting For information about permitted and prohibited medications, use USADA's Drug Reference OnlineTM, or call the Drug Reference LineTM at (800) 233-0393.

Upcoming U.S. Events

Jun. 28- Jul.3 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships - Knoxville, TN
Jul. 13-17 IAAF World Youth Championships - Marrakech, Morocco
Jul. 15-16 USATF National Club Track & Field Championships - New York City, NY
Jul. 26-31 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships - Indianapolis, IN
Jul. 29-31 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships - Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Aug. 6-14 IAAF World Championships in Athletics - Helsinki, Finland

Important Numbers

  • USADA Drug Reference Line - 800-233-0393 (toll free)
  • USATF Whistleblower Hotline - 866-809-8104 (toll free)
  • USATF Anti-Doping Liaison (Melissa Beasley) - 317-261-0478 x335

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