It’s not just supplements that can get you in trouble
with contamination. Even a beef steak or pork loin from
a number of foreign countries could make you test
positive for clenbuterol, a muscle-building compound
given to animals. This is so well-documented, and such
a problem, that WADA has even recommended avoiding
eating meat in certain countries for fear of contamination.
HOW TO NOT BE THE FOOL
So, how do you avoid finding your name on a USADA/
WADA press release announcing their latest catch? If you
are a racer who aspires to be an AMA Pro or you are one
already, educate yourself on what you can and can’t take.
Take a hard look at any and all supplements that you
take, and make sure that the manufacturer can back the
quality of its product with guarantees that it comes from
facilities free of any WADA-banned substances. And, rest
assured, those pill bottles with shiny, lure-like hologram
labels promising “youthfulness, shredded muscles and a
leaner body” will get you busted.
USADA ( www.usada.org) has a great resource called
Global Drug Resource Online (DRO) that is a quick-reference database with many prescription and over-the-counter medications that shows whether they’re
banned or not.
Just because your chances of ever being asked to supply a WADA official with a cup of urine are quite slim,
don’t be lax about what’s going into your body. The sport
idolizes and looks up to Pro-level racers. We also hold
them to a high degree of accountability. If you want to
be like them, stay clean. ❏