How Does the Prohibited List Impact You? Copy

Patient-athletes are strictly liable for what goes into their bodies. You can assist them by utilizing the most appropriate and available anti-doping resources so no patient-athlete uses a prohibited substance/medication/method without demonstrated medical need and without an approved TUE. Some ways to assist are:

  1. Check GlobalDRO (while the Prohibited List is a legally-binding document and addresses substance classifications/prohibitions, it lacks the inclusivity of prescription substances found in GlobalDRO)
  2. Maintain a list of permitted alternatives for common sports injury/illness diagnoses and give consideration to those before prescribing a prohibited substance/medication/method.
  3. If you are part of a sports medical team, learn about and make permitted alternatives part of your standard medical kit.
  4. Understand the potential impacts of anti-doping rules when treating patient-athletes on the playing field or in your clinical practice. 
  5. Modify your clinical workflow so that you ask all patients if they are athletes and will compete in an Olympic/Paralympic, Pan American/Parapan American or Youth Olympic/Paralympic Games or Olympic/Paralympic Trials event that would immediately result in National Team selection. 
  6. Ask your patient-athletes if they are competing at an international competition or venue. 
  7. For patient-athletes, modify your assessment and treatment plan to consider functional causes of their diagnosis and if treating those first will adequately address the symptoms without the need for a prohibited substance/medication/method.