Is unintentional doping real, or just an excuse?

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  1. Michael Scally MD

    Michael Scally MD Doctor of Medicine

    Is unintentional doping real, or just an excuse?

    Although some athletes who engage in doping do so willingly in order to gain an unfair advantage (ie, ‘to cheat’), the possibility of athletes doping inadvertently or unintentionally cannot be discounted. In this article, we aim to address common misconceptions of the notion of ‘unintentional doping’, and discuss this topic with reference to statistics, reports and recommendations (eg, anti-doping codes) produced by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), together with evidence from recent empirical research.

    Unintentional doping (also known as ‘inadvertent’ or ‘accidental’ doping) refers to the accidental consumption of performance-enhancing substances included on WADA’s banned list. It often occurs when an athlete uses a product (eg, nutritional supplements, ‘energy’ drinks or products, and medical, herbal or ‘natural’ products) that contains the banned substance or is exposed to the banned substance in routine situations (eg, drug smoke, hormone-tainted meat), while being unaware of the presence of the banned substance.

    However, it is acknowledged that unintentional doping is often used as an excuse by athletes to explain adverse analytical findings in doping control samples. WADA has adopted a near zero-tolerance policy when it comes to athletes claiming unintentional use.

    The relevant WADA statute notes that claiming a positive test is ‘attributed to the misuse of supplements and taking a poorly labelled dietary supplement is not an adequate defence in a doping hearing’. Only strong, non-circumstantial evidence is sufficient to exonerate an athlete claiming accidental doping during the post-transgression disciplinary process. Otherwise the athlete is considered to have violated anti-doping rules and will be served with the requisite penalty. …

    In conclusion, unintentional doping should be considered when developing strategies to prevent doping and transgression of WADA rules on banned substances. WADA’s policies make it clear that the onus lies largely on athletes and their support teams to be aware that banned substances might be present in the athletes’ diets and to take appropriate precautions.

    However, there is a dearth of evidence on how to effectively manage the prevention of unintentional doping. Formative research is needed to develop effective interventions to safeguard athletes from unintentional doping. These interventions should involve all stakeholders (eg, athletes, coaches, sport managers/organisations, practitioners of sport medicine, sport dieticians and doping control officers/agencies) in order to offer a collaborative educational and preventive programme for the prevention of unintentional doping.

    Chan DKC, Tang TCW, Yung PS, et al. Is unintentional doping real, or just an excuse? British Journal of Sports Medicine 2019;53:978-979. Is unintentional doping real, or just an excuse?

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  2. Every Roidvisor article that i've read regarding athletes caught for doping, it seems they're quick to blame dietary supplements.

    Understandable, this being their livelihood and all, but if it were me and i was truly innocent, i'd be raising hell and demanding that the supplement(s) in question be tested to at least clear the stigma around my name.

    i never see anything like that though. They take their fine/suspension or whatever they receive and that's the last anyone hears of it until the next offender gets caught.
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  3. Savagesteve

    Savagesteve Member

    Yoel Romero with the UFC won a $27m lawsuit because the supplements he took were tainted with illegal substances. He tested positive for Ibutamoren and it wasn’t listed on the ingredients. I know this is a needle in a haystack compared to so many other athletes pissing hot, but it does happen.
  4. Logan44551

    Logan44551 Member

    I seem to remember more than one testing positive for clen and blaming tainted meat. Is that really a thing?
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  5. Savagesteve

    Savagesteve Member

    I remember one pissing hot and claimed eating tainted meat in Mexico but don’t remember what he pissed hot for. With USADA detecting picograms 18 months after taking tbol who tf knows.
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  6. $BlackBeard

    $BlackBeard Member Supporter

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  7. I honestly cannot imagine top level athletes who are caught using PEDS are using many supplements that are some how contaminated with some type of PEDs.

    Are top level athletes REALLY actually using the amount of supplements we think? I highly doubt it. I think they’re more focused on actual diet just because for the most part I imagine they have everything they need accessible to them and don’t have a need for them.

    Also what top level athlete is going into nutrient stores and trying random ass supplements? They have people spoon feeding information/the highest quality products to them. I just cannot see people taking random ass supplements that are questionable at the professional level.

    I know contaminated products have potential to be produced. I know accidents happen. It definitely isn’t impossible. But extremely unlikely.
  8. Inten02

    Inten02 Junior Member

    Jesse Norris pissed hot in a USAPL meet because his preworkout (from the company that sponsored him) had a banned amphetamine.
  9. $BlackBeard

    $BlackBeard Member Supporter

    Fact - YES! Supplements, not necessarily PEDs. SARMs, peptides, etc are on this list too.

    Being highly competitive drives this - “What are my opponents doing more than I’m doing?”
  10. That doesn’t matter. PED stands for performance enhancing drug. That covers anything that increases performance. This is regarding accidental or intentional doping.

    I’m talking supplements such as pre workouts protein powders bcaas. It’s extremely common when these guys are caught with a sarm or some type of oral steroids and blame it on a tainted supplement. That’s just flat out bullshit.
  11. Norse13

    Norse13 Member

    I'd think that some athletes who are not top earners and does not have a huge support team with them, will sometimes buy stuff in pharmacies or supplement stores when travelling overseas whether for holiday or sporting events.
    I don't see why they should do that in their home country.
  12. Honestly didn’t even consider them going into places over seas. I was narrowed down towards the USA.
  13. Sworder

    Sworder Member

    Two options:
    A. Make a ridiculous claim.

    B. Admit to being a cheating rat bastard and your whole career was a hoax/joke.

    Most people choose option A.
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  14. $BlackBeard

    $BlackBeard Member Supporter

    However, some sports look more favorable to PEDs (NFL). When most guys test positive, they pay a small fine and a few game suspension, if that.

    Halftime cortisone injections are commonplace.

    Other sports, MLB, cycling, swimming, it’s a much bigger deal.
  15. Sworder

    Sworder Member

    The way I see it nobody really cares about the doping. Any big fights Boxing or MMA still happen even if they test positive, they can't blow a $ opportunity like that even if it could cause death.

    Cycling is notoriously rampant with PED use, they were going to make a rule that if you HCT was over 50% you can't compete. Everybody went on a strike... There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes, listening to the media will only get your brainwashed with their [ignorant] ideas.