Drug testing has become a common element of elite-level training and competition. As a skater, it is easy to view drug testing as an imposition. We encourage you to view drug testing as an opportunity - an opportunity to demonstrate a belief in healthy, ethical and clean competition.
Drug testing in figure skating is governed primarily by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the ISU. These organizations determine who will be tested at events (In-Competition Testing) and who is eligible for testing away from competition (No Advance Notice, Registered Testing Pool).
to see if you qualify for testing.
Medications, Supplements, Categories and Forms
When skaters start competing at the regional championships, they should start reviewing and recording their prescription and non-prescription medication and dietary supplement use/intake each season and PRIOR to each competition. This includes, but is not limited to, asthma inhalers, birth control pills, attention deficit disorder medications and even over-the-counter cold medicines, vitamins, menstrual relief and weight-loss products.
fall into one of three categories when it comes to drug testing: Prohibited, Not Prohibited or Requires Declaration. To avoid ingesting a prohibited substance, and to ensure you have the proper required forms on file, always check the status of all medications (preion and over the counter) prior to consumption AND competition using USADA's Drug Reference Online or toll-free Drug Line.
Most dietary supplements
are categorized as Not Prohibited but are also considered "take at your own risk." This includes most multi-vitamins and related pills, tablets, powders and herbal mixtures. An indirect result of the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act of 1994 is that any product bearing a "Supplement Facts" label may contain substances that may appear on the "Prohibited Substance" list(s) of USADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and/or the International Skating Union (ISU). These substances may or may not appear on the product's list of ingredients. In some cases, the use of legal dietary supplements has been linked to positive drug tests.
There are no special forms for the use of dietary supplements. The rule of strict liability will apply in the event of a positive test.
Important U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Resources
- Coaching Resources
- Contract Testing Services
- Dietary Supplements
- Drug Reference Resources like the Drug Reference Line and GlobalDRO
- Health Professional Resources
- Results Management
- Retirement Processes
- Testing Processes
- Play Clean Tip Center
- The Prohibited List
- Therapeutic Use Exemptions