Tips & Training

WELCOME TO DOPING CONTROL


Doping Control rules are in place for all athletes. Doping Control takes place during competitions and with no-advance-notice (Out-of-Competition testing). Individuals attending major competitions are subject to drug testing regardless of whether or not they are a National Team member, an Olympian or a first place finisher. In addition, all USA Swimming athletes are eligible for out of competition testing.  See Testing Information for more details. 
 
Doping Control rules can be confusing for athletes, coaches and parents, and it is critical that any questions/concerns be clarified. Costly mistakes can be made that not only count against the athlete, but count against all of USA Swimming. 
 
Athletes must check the status of all medications/product ingredients prior to using them, and ensure that they have filed the necessary paperwork to be in the strictest compliance with doping control rules.  The Your Medications section provides detailed information as to how to check medications, and submit required documentation. 

 

Swimmers are subject to testing by FINA (the international federation for aquatic sports world-wide), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA),  the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). 

 

Having a fair and effective anti-doping program is vital to ensure that the rights of clean athletes and the integrity of competition are upheld. USA Swimming is opposed to the practice of doping in sport and fully supports and complies with the policies, protocols, and rules set forth by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) as the independent, non-profit anti-doping organization in the U.S. 

 

For more information about each Testing Organization visit the Testing Organizations section. 

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