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Checking your medication – a guide for athletes

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 MEDICATIONS THAT ATHLETES USE, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY ARE PURCHASED OVER THE COUNTER OR RECEIVED WITH A PRESCRIPTION FROM A DOCTOR, MAY CONTAIN SUBSTANCES THAT ARE PROHIBITED IN SPORT. THESE PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES (AND METHODS) ARE LISTED OUT IN A DOCUMENT CALLED THE PROHIBITED LIST. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT ATHLETES AND THEIR SUPPORT PERSONNEL UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT SUBSTANCES ARE PERMITTED, IN WHAT DOSAGE AND UNDER WHICH CONDITIONS. REMEMBER, THE PRINCIPLE OF STRICT LIABILITY MEANS THAT ATHLETES ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THEY INGEST. TO HELP ATHLETES AND ATHLETE SUPPORT PERSONNEL SAFELY NAVIGATE THIS PART OF THE ANTI-DOPING SYSTEM, WE HAVE PREPARED THIS ARTICLE WITH BRIEF EXPLANATIONS OF KEY TERMS, USEFUL TIPS AND RESOURCES.

The Prohibited List

The Prohibited List is a document that lists all substances and methods prohibited in sport. It is produced by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and is updated at least annually. The new List is published in October of each year and comes into force on January 1st of the following year.

It is very important that athletes and their support personnel check the List regularly – at least when it is updated and before the athlete takes any new medication.

There are specific criteria for a substance to appear on the Prohibited List. Take a look at this short video from the ITA Sports Pharmacist Mark Stuart to find out more:

 

 

 

We hope that you found this article helpful. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the ITA Education Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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