The Prohibited List

The Prohibited List is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) every year and details all substances and methods which are prohibited or banned in sport.

As a coach, you should be familiar with this so that you can advise athletes about the types and kinds of substances and methods that are not permitted in sport.

A substance or method may be included on the list if it meets any two of the following criteria:

  • it has the potential to enhance sporting performance
  • it presents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete
  • it violates the spirit of sport.

You can view the full WADA Prohibited List here, but the tables below gives you a basic summary of the kinds of substances and methods that are banned in sport.

Prohibited at all times (both in and out of competition)

Some substances are only prohibited in-competition, i.e. when an athlete is tested at during a sporting event,

Prohibited in-competition

In certain sporting competitions, the following are also tested for:

Prohibited in certain sports

You can find out which sports prohibit these particular substances here.