Are You Competing Clean?
By Dr. Rick
**This article is addressing athletes that compete in sports where USADA & WADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency & World Anti-Doping Agency) set the guidelines for prohibited substances. If athletes compete in sports where these substances are not banned and/or someone does not compete at all and they choose to take such substances, that's their choice of course**
Competition; it’s what drives so many of us at athletes. Competing
against ourselves and competing against others can bring out the best in us.
For competitive athletes, it’s not uncommon to have a ‘I’ll
do whatever it takes’ mentality. As potent and powerful as this mind
set is to become the best athlete possible, it can also cause athletes to cross
the line. The phrase ‘Performance Enhancer’ is commonly used in all sports.
Performance enhancers basically come in 2 flavors:
- Legal performance
enhancers (caffeine, for example)
- Banned substances
Let’s take a closer look as defined by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) and WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency).
hear the word ‘doping’ and ‘banned substances’, they may associate this with
Anabolic Steroids (more on this later). And yes, while anabolic agents are
banned substances, there are many other supplements (over-the-counter),
prescription medications, etc., that are banned as well. And there is a very
good chance that athletes are not even aware of such banned substances.
Let’s take a
closer look at a supplement that can be purchased over-the-counter and can be
found in nutrition supplements, SARMS (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators) and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). As a result, if an athlete is using DHEA and/or DHEA is in one of
their nutrition supplements and or SARMS, they are using a banned substance. CLICK
HERE for the Athlete Guide to the 2019 Prohibited List and CLICK HERE for the
Athlete Guide to the 2020 Prohibited List. Other ingredients that can be found
in some nutrition supplements, such as insulin-like growth factors (IGF-1), is
also on the prohibited list. Bottom line is this, sure, these supplements are
available over-the-counter, but this does not mean that they are legal (both in
and out of competition). And an athlete’s response of, ‘but
I bought this over-the-counter’, does not give exemption. As athletes, we
must be very aware as to what we are putting in our bodies, take full
responsibility for it and ensure we are competing clean. Be sure to visit SUPPLEMENT411 to
ensure that you are not using nutrition supplements that contain banned
substances. In addition, be sure to check the prescription medication(s) you
are taking, CLICK HERE
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The Elephant in the Room
understandable that as individuals get older, they want to feel as youthful as
possible. They want higher energy levels, increases in libido, increases in
strength, increases in stamina, etc. These wants have caused individual to seek
out anti-aging options. As a result, a buzz-term has surfaced, TRT
(Testosterone Replacement Therapy). Let’s just cut right to the chase. What is
testosterone? Simple, it’s an anabolic steroid. Yes, an anabolic steroid. The
same anabolic steroid that, all too often, professional (and many amateur)
athletes get busted for and are then crucified in the media. But in a strange
twist, when an individual is being administered TRT under the care of a
physician, they give themselves a pass. OK, look, even if your Dr. diagnoses
you with Low-T (low testosterone levels), and you start to take testosterone
(creams, gels, pellets, injections, oral), it’s still a banned substance; you
are taking anabolic steroids. Call it TRT if you choose, but bottom line is
that you are taking a prohibited substance, anabolic steroids. And no, using
the excuse, “but I have Low-T”, or, “but my Dr. prescribed it” does not get you
off the hook. This is not like being late for middle school and bringing a
Often times, an age group/amateur athlete will try to minimize
their use of doctor Rxd testosterone with a statement such as, “it’s no big deal. My testosterone was so low,
I’m just taking a small amount to get my levels back to normal.” No big
deal, huh? Ok, let’s roll with that. If it’s not a big deal, then let’s do
this. Athletes, understandably so, enjoy sharing their athletic accomplishments
and PRs on social media. I get it, you are proud of what you accomplished. So,
if the testosterone you are taking is no big deal, be sure to post the
following, “I just crushed my PR…and I’m
taking anabolic steroids!” And be sure to #USADA #WADA. Now let’s see what, no big deal, this is now.
In addition, athletes using banned substances will say things such
as, ‘Well it’s not like I’m going to win
the race or even win my age group’, or, ‘I only take testosterone a few months out of the year; it’s not like I
use it every day’, or, ‘I’m just taking
the smallest dose possible.’ These are not valid arguments. This is like
saying you are going to rob a bank but only request a few hundred dollars; it’s
like you are asking them to open the vault! A bank robbery is a bank robbery no
matter what. And doping is doping, no matter what; small amount of the banned
substance, large amount of the banned substance, it does not matter. A banned
substance is a banned substance, period.
to get the most out of themselves and the most out of their body. Athletes want
to challenge themselves, physically and mentally, and they want to stretch
their comfort zone. This is that competitive drive and fire that athletes have
within them. Let’s do all we can to ensure we are competing clean. Let's choose to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Let’s
maintain the integrity of the sports we compete in. And let’s be sure we keep
ourselves well informed of the rules, stay within those boundaries, compete at
the highest level possible and compete clean. If an individual chooses to use
testosterone or some other banned substance, that’s their choice…just don’t pin a number on.
for Athletes & Coaches:
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Rick has personally coached individuals in 30+ states and 10+ countries.