Stop! Think!

When should you stop and think about the risks of Doping?

MEDICATION - Are you ill and do you need to take a medicine? Make sure you check it first!

SUPPLEMENTS - Vitamins, carbohydrate gels, protein shakes - Food should always come first but if you really need to take supplements check everything thoroughly and make sure they are batch tested.

INJURIES or SURGERY -  When you need medical attention specialists and surgeons want to heal you, they will warn you of the health risks. You need to remember the risk to your sport - it is your job to inform them and check anaesthetics and any medical drugs used.

TRAVEL  -  When Travelling to different countries beware that the same brand names can have very different ingredients. Always fully check labels for the active ingredients, or be sure to travel with your own medications.

ONLINE PITFALLS - Often all is not what it seems. Be very careful when buying supplements online. Standards are not universally adhered to and products may well not contain what they claim to. Again stick to batch tested supplements, if at all.

Below you will find links to external bodies that can help you make better decisions on medication and supplements. 

Remember, as an athlete you are solely responsible for whatever is in your body at all times. 

Our advice is simple: IF IN DOUBT, DON'T TAKE IT.

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. 

Before selecting and taking any medication, make sure that you use the Global DRO search facility to check its status. However, please note that not all medicines are included in the Global DRO database. You should always make sure that you select the correct brand and if you are not certain then search for the active ingredients contained in the medicine.

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Informed-Sport is a global quality assurance program for sports nutrition products. The program certifies that every batch of a supplement product and/or raw material that bears the Informed-Sport logo has been tested for banned substances.

Before selecting and taking any supplement you should use the search function to find products that have been through the certification process. It is also strongly recommended that you cross reference the tested batches listed on the product pages with any batch numbers on any products that you are considering using.

Watch our user guide video on how to use the Informed-Sport website to check your supplements.

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We are here to help, so If you are in doubt about any aspect of Doping in Athletics, reach out to us.