AUSTRALIAN SPORTS ANTI-DOPING AUTHORITY (ASADA)

GENERAL INFORMATION

The TIS recognises ASADA as the Agency responsible in Australia for the collection of samples from athletes and for the arranging of those samples for evidence of doping practices. The TIS supports the drug testing programs and education initiatives of ASADA and other ASADA approved drug testing authorities.

The primary role of ASADA is to conduct a drug testing program with the aim of deterring elite level athletes from taking prohibited substances. ASADA also provides education resources and works in partnership with sporting organisations at all levels.

For further information please visit the ASADA website - www.asada.gov.au. This site has new substance fact sheets, media releases and position statements. ASADA regularly updates its website with relevant and interesting anti-doping information.

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL ATHLETES TO BE AWARE OF WHICH SUBSTANCES AND METHODS ARE PROHIBITED BY THEIR SPORT.

There are a number of substances and methods which are banned by most national sporting organisations. This Prohibited List is published and revised by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and is as described in the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and is available on the WADA website - www.wada-ama.org.

The substances and methods prohibited under the current World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List provides a comprehensive listing. View the list here, on the WADA website.

Always remember - "If in doubt, check it out!"

CHECK YOUR SUBSTANCES ONLINE

Go to www.asada.gov.au to see if your medications and substances are permitted or prohibited in sport. The new easy-to-use online system is anonymous and immediate. Get your answers instantly.

THERAPEUTIC USE EXEMPTIONS (TUE)

Athletes with a documented medical condition requiring the use of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method must first obtain a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) in accordance with the WADA International TUE Standard.

These are available on both the WADA and ASADA websites.

VITAMIN, HERBAL AND NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

Vitamin, herbal and nutritional supplements are not subject to the same stringent testing as registered pharmaceutical products so there is a risk that supplements may contain impurities, such as ingredients that are not listed on the label, which could cause a positive test. For this reason ASADA is unable to guarantee the status of the product.

Some athletes choose to contact the manufacturer of the product to obtain a written guarantee regarding the status of the product.

Use of supplement products is at the athlete's own risk.

We recognise that supplements can play a role in athletes achieving at their peak performance. However we also acknowledge the influence of the supplement industry and athlete testimonials on scholarship holders.

The results of the present concern of supplements in sport include:
*A small but real risk of a positive 'doping' outcome
*Money being wasted on products that simply do not work
*Time, money and belief being distracted away from the factors that can really enhance health, recovery and performance.

With these concerns in mind the TIS recommends the AIS Sports Supplement Program as the appropriate vehicle for TIS athletes and coaches seeking information on supplements.

AIS SPORTS SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM

The AIS Sports Supplement Program provides information about sports supplements in general and how supplements are used at the AIS via web page links.

The aims of the program include:
*Allow athletes to focus on sound use of supplements and special sports foods as part of their special nutrition plans
*Ensure that supplements and sports foods are used correctly and appropriately to deliver maximum benefits to the immune system, recovery and performance
Give athletes the confidence that they receive 'cutting edge' advice and achieve 'state of the art' nutrition practices
*Minimise the risk of supplement use leading to an inadvertent wrongdoing.

The complete details of the program are available through the links listed below:

AIS Sports Supplement Program
AIS Supplement Group Classification
Fact Sheets for the AIS Sports Supplement Program

PROVISION OF SUPPLEMENTS AT THE TIS

The TIS does not normally supply supplements to TIS athletes as part of the support provided through the Institute's sports scholarship programs. On occasion it may be appropriate that supplements are provided through TIS support to address specific special nutrition plans for recovery and performance.

Athletes and coaches that wish to use supplements must ensure that they have suitably researched the supplements involved through the AIS Sports Supplements Program and have sought the advice of the TIS Sports Medicine Coordinator and/or the consultant nutritionists in the TIS Sport Medicine Network. (Refer to the Consultants Contacts page.)

Always remember - "If in doubt, check it out!"