Substances

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Checking medications

As an athlete, you train hard. Sometimes you may get injured or sick, or you may need to take regular medication for an ongoing condition such as asthma or diabetes. Make sure you check everything you take - and how you take it - in advance.

Read about medication
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Supplements

Athletes can and do test positive as a result of contaminated supplements. It's important to know the risks supplements pose - and how you can manage them.

Manage supplement risk
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Recreational drugs

Recreational drugs are banned in sport during competition and if you use them, you’re taking a risk. Testing positive for a recreational drug can result in a ban from all sport.

Learn the rules around recreational drugs
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Prohibited substances

The Prohibited List is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and details all substances and methods which are prohibited or banned in sport. It is updated every year on January 1.

Find out about prohibited substances
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