After reading Josh Everett’s article about drug testing in competetive sport entitled “Keeping it Clean” I feel like the info is worth passing along even if it’s just for interest’s sake. As most everyone seems to know there is a reasonable concern regarding the use of performance enhancing substances and often even the mention of such things seems to condure up images of shady handoffs, low talking, and needles. But few people would guess they could test positive for energy drinks and other basic dietary supplements bought straight off the shelf at most health food stores. “In an oft-cited study by the International Olympic Committee in 2001, an analysis of 634 supplements worldwide, purchased in nutritional supplement stores much like the ones you see in most shopping malls today, nearly 15% were found to contain substances that were not listed on the product label yet would have resulted in a positive drug test had an athlete taken it. In the United States, the percentage of seemingly ‘legal’ supplements that were tainted with banned substances reached almost 19%.” In his article, Josh mentions that not more than 20′ from the gym door of his athlete department was a Sobe vending machine that contained two beverages with banned substances. Not to create a panic about what you’re putting into your body, but you’d better at least have a think about it, even in the CrossFit community, errors in judgement can lead you to trouble. Last year an affiliate team had members that tested positive for over the counter supplements and were stripped of metals and prize money.
Below is an exert from CrossFits Performance-Enhancing and Banned Substances Testing Program Policies and Procedures are:
a. Anabolic Agents
b. Diuretics and Other Masking Agents
c. Peptide Hormones and Analogues
e. Beta-2 Agonists
Note: Any substance chemically related to these classes is also banned.
The athlete shall be held accountable for all drugs within the banned drug class regardless of whether they have been specifically identified.
Drugs and Procedures Subject to Restrictions:
a. Blood Doping
b. Local Anesthetics (under some conditions)
c. Manipulation of Urine Samples
d. Beta-2 Agonists permitted only by prescription and inhalation
Some Examples of banned substances in each drug class:
NOTE: There is no complete list of banned drug examples!!
amphetamine (Adderall); caffeine (guarana); cocaine; ephedrine; fenfluramine (Fen); methamphetamine; methylphenidate (Ritalin); phentermine (Phen); synephrine (bitter orange); etc.
exceptions: phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine are not banned if used pursuant to a valid doctor’s prescription or to treat a medical condition.
Anabolic Agents: (sometimes listed as a chemical formula, such as 3,6,17-androstenetrione)
boldenone; clenbuterol; DHEA; nandrolone; stanozolol; testosterone; methasterone; androstenedione; norandrostenedione; methandienone; etiocholanolone; trenbolone; etc.
Diuretics (water pills) and Other Masking Agents:
bumetanide; chlorothiazide; furosemide; hydrochlorothiazide; probenecid; spironolactone (canrenone); triameterene; trichlormethiazide; etc.
Peptide Hormones and Analogues:
growth hormone(hGH); human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG); erythropoietin (EPO); etc.
anastrozole; tamoxifen; formestane; 3,17-dioxo-etiochol-1,4,6-triene(ATD), etc.
bambuterol; formoterol; salbutamol; salmeterol; etc.
“All registered athletes are subject to performance-enhancing substance testing at any reasonable time before, during, and after CrossFit athletic events.”
Here are some guidelines for playing it safe:
Abstinence: The best line of defence, with a solid paleo diet there should be little to no concern about such things.
Use your good intuition: That big shiny 2 gallon bucket with letters that have been replaced by numb3rs probably aren’t your best choice.
Know the product you’re using: Do the research, start with the ingredients label and work your way up the food chain. If you have concerns ask us, consult a pharmacist, or ask a doctor.
I found this information very interesting and both Josh’s article and the CrossFit Performance-Enhancing and Banned Substances Testing Program Policies and Procedures are worth a read. Check them out and talk to us if you have any questions.
Jesse & Heather