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Anti-Doping and Supplement Use

Many people inadvertently fail drug tests by not realising a medication or supplement they have taken was on the banned list. Unfortunately this in not a viable defence in the eyes of ASADA or WADA and can result in a 4 year ban. It is important you know the doping regulations around your sport. The below references will assist you in checking that you stay ‘clean’ when you compete. Please remember though that up to 25% of supplements contain banned substances that ARE NOT LISTED on the label – therefore no supplement can be recommended as safe from an anti-doping perspective. Despite claims from supplement providers, ASADA and WADA do not endorse the use of ANY SUPPLEMENTS.

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In a recent update, ASADA have released a new app, Clean Sport, where you can check your supplement to see if it is on a list of supplements that have been checked by a 3rd party for illicit substances. This doesn’t eliminate the chance of a failed drugs test but it certainly reduces the odds.

Download Clean Sport for Android or iOS

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 which is an invaluable resource.

For further information on doping in Australian sport and the use or application for TUEs (therapeutic use exemptions) please head to the ASADA website.

Do remember though that no supplement can make up for not training correctly, poor sleep habits and dietary deficiencies. If you would like to discuss your use of supplements and medications further with a professional to see if your performance is can be further optimised, please make an appointment with our Sports Physician or a Sports Dietitian.

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