Substances

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Checking medications

As an athlete, you train hard. Sometimes you may get injured or sick, or you may need to take regular medication for an ongoing condition such as asthma or diabetes. Make sure you check everything you take - and how you take it - in advance.

Read about medication
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Supplements

Supplements continue to be a serious issue for New Zealand athletes. In the past few years a number of athletes have tested positive for prohibited substances believed to have been ingested through nutritional supplements.

Understand supplements
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Recreational drugs

Recreational drugs are banned in sport during competition and if you use them, you’re taking a risk. Testing positive for a recreational drug can result in a ban from all sport.

Learn the rules around recreational drugs
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Prohibited substances

The Prohibited List is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and details all substances and methods which are prohibited or banned in sport. It is updated every year on January 1.

Find out about prohibited substances
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