U.S. Anti-Doping Agency
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is the national anti-doping organization (NADO) in the United States for Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American sport. The U.S. Congress recognized USADA as "the official anti-doping agency for Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic sport in the United States."
Since its inception in 2000, USADA has worked to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport and protect the rights of athletes in the Olympic & Paralympic movement in the United States.
To learn more about the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency click here.
The primary focus of the anti-doping program is on elite athletes competing in the Olympic discipline. As a USA Triathlon member you may be subject to testing at an event or even out of competition. While testing of age-group athletes is not common, it can happen and all athletes/members should be aware of their rights and responsibilities as it relates to anti-doping procedures. To learn more about the testing process and your rights and responsibilities as an athlete, please visit www.usada.org/testing.
Prohibited Substances and Supplements
Knowing what substances you can and cannot take is a very important as a competitive athlete (elite or age-group). The WADA Prohibited List is the standard that identifies substances and methods that are prohibited in sport. Athletes should use the USADA resources to check all medications against this list.
The following resources are helpful to assist you in this process:
Banned Substances Control Group
The Banned Substances Control Group (BSCG) addresses the concern that dangerous banned substances can be found in dietary supplements, even when these substances are not listed as ingredients. BSCG assists responsible dietary supplement manufacturers by certifying that a sample of their product was tested for a list of banned substances, and no banned substances were found in that sample above the detection limits.
Anti-Doping Research (ADR) is one of the leading performance-enhancing drug research organizations in the world. Its mission is to help rid sport of performance-enhancing drugs by uncovering new drugs being used illegally and developing the tests to detect them.
Global Drug Reference Online (also available on mobile devices)
Supplement 411 to help athletes, coaches and other sport personnel better understand the risk and what they can do to decrease their risk.
Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)
Therapeutic Use Exemptions or TUEs allows athletes with legitimate medial needs to consume an otherwise prohibited substances. First, determine if your medication is prohibited by using the resources listed in the above section. If your medication is prohibited, click here to determine if you need a TUE.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I'm an elite athlete. How do I know if I'm in USADA's Registered Testing Pool (RTP)?
If you are entered into the RTP, you will receive notification along with information on what to do next directly from USADA. Athletes are added or removed from the RTP as they meet the set criteria for triathlon. The criteria is not made public as it’s always subject to change and ultimately USADA can make an executive decision on an athlete’s entrance or departure from the RTP.
Will age-group athletes be tested?
While more infrequent than elite athlete testing, age-group athletes can be tested as well. The majority of age-group athletes will only ever experience a doping control during a competition but it's still important to understand that testing can occur at any time. The testing of age-group athletes was incorporated into USAT's anti-doping initiatives in an effort to ensure clean sport regardless of athlete level.
Can taking a dietary supplement trigger a positive test?
Unfortunately yes, due to the lack of regulation present in today's nutritional supplement marketplace. To learn more about how to make an informed decision about dietary supplements, please visit USADA's Supplement 411 website. www.usada.org/supplement411
I'm a Race Director. How do I know if there will be testing at my event?
USA Triathlon personnel will contact the race director to inform them of testing efforts. USAT and the race director will then work together to designate a site coordinate who will assist USADA in their efforts during the event.
I'm a Race Director. Can I request testing at my event?
Yes, on a contract basis directly with USADA. Please click here for more information.
I'm a Coach. What can I do to better understand anti-doping and help my athletes?
USADA has resources within their True Sport program to help coaches and other educators become more informed and prepare their athletes. Please click here for more information http://www.truesport.org/resources/coach
For additional FAQs, please visit www.usada.org/faq
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If you have any questions about anti-doping policies and procedures, please contact USADA's Athlete Express.
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