Drugs, Supplements and Athletic Performance


Gustavus Adolphus College is concerned with the health, safey and welfare of the student-athletes who paticipate in its programs and represent the college in competitive athletics. Substance abuse is one of the most important issues facing athletics and society today. The use of illegal drugs, misuse of legal drugs and dietary supplements, use of performance-enhancing substances, use of alcohol and inappropriate use of tobacco are inconsistent with the standards expected of student-athletes at Gustavus Adolphus College. Substance use and abuse in sport can pose risks to a student-athlete's health/safety and neatively affect his/her academic and athletic performance. Substance use and abuse in sport may also compromise the integrity of athletic competition and the ideals of Gustavus Adolphus College.

Dietary Supplements

Gustavus Adolphus College Department of Athletics personnel will not distribute or encourage the use of any dietary supplements or ergogenic aids. Many dietary supplements or ergogenic aids contain banned substances. Oftentimes the labeling of dietary supplements is not acurate and is misleading. Terms such as "healthy" or "all natural" do not mean dietary supplements do not contain a banned substance or are safe to take. Using dietary supplements may cause positive drug tests. Student-athletes who are currently taking dietary supplements or intend to take any are required to review the product with their athletic trainer. Student-athletes are solely responsible for any substance that they ingest. All student-athletes are encouraged to use the Drug Free Sport Resource Center to obtain current and acurate information on dietary supplements or ergogenic aids. This information along with other drug testing and performance information may be accessed at: http://www.drugfreesport.com/home.asp

NCAA Tournament Play and Drug Testing

When is drug testing conducted at the championship?

* Drug testing can occur at any phase of an NCAA championship (e.g., first round, second round, quarterfinals, semi-finals or finals).

* Drug testing can occur more than once at a championship (e.g., first round and finals).

* Participating institutions and student-athletes are not given any advance notice that drug testing is being conducted at the championship.

When will student-athletes be notified of their selection for drug testing?

* At team championships (e.g., basketball, bowling, ice hockey ), immediately after the game, an NCAA drug-testing crewmember will provide an institutional representative with a list of student-athletes who have been selected for drug testing.

* At individual/team championships (e.g., fencing, gymnastics, rifle, skiing, swimming & diving, track & field, wrestling ), official drug-testing couriers will notify student-athletes of their selection for drug testing.

* Refer to section 4.0 and 5.0 of the 2004-2005 Drug-Testing Program booklet for more specific information.

How are student-athletes tested and how long does it take?

* Student-athletes are drug tested through urinalysis.

* Student-athletes will be observed by a drug-testing crewmember of the same gender.

* The length of the collection process depends on the student-athlete's ability to provide an adequate specimen. If a student-athlete provides an adequate specimen immediately upon arriving at the drug-testing station, the entire process usually is completed in less than 20 minutes.

Information taken from the NCAA website, for more information click here.