NCAA has a list of banned drugs for student athletes. Steroids are the first thing most people think of when they hear the term performance enhancing drugs, and although steroids are one of them, there are many more substances that fall under the term. Other substances can be detected in protein powders and supplements. A performance enhancing drug is defined as any substance taken by athletes to improve performance. This term is referenced often and typically refers to anabolic steroid use in sports by professional and amateur athletes.
Athletes may not be aware of this because most brand labels want to catch your attention by labeling “High Energy” or “muscle recovery”. According to an informal campus survey about 60 percent of student athletes at NDNU us powders or supplements. “I like to use muscle recovery powders after a workout so the next day isn’t so tough for me. It helps me recover faster than normal” said NDNU athlete Megan Clare.
According to NCAAs 2016-2017 banned drug list, amphetamine, caffeine, cocaine, ephedrine, methamphetamine, methylphenidate, and synephrine are stimulants that are banned. Also listed are anabolic agents such as adrostenedione, biodenon, clenbuterol, and testosterone. Other categories of banned substances can fall under alcohol and beta blockers, diuretics, street drugs, peptide hormones and analogues, anti-estrogens, and beta-2 agonists. NDNU’s first NCAA player meeting was held during the first week in September. Athletic director Josh Doody mentioned that players will be randomly selected for the testing of performance enhancing drugs and other street drugs. “I would be devastated if my test came back positive all because I wasn’t aware of what’s inside my protein powder” stated NDNU athlete Taylor Haynes.
There are consequences if a student athlete tests positive that very from certain schools. NDNU student athlete says that the first offense, if tested positive for performance enhancing drugs is suspensions from practice as well at “x” amount of games that depends on the coach’s rule. All student athletes should be aware of the supplements and powders they intake for the safety of themselves as well as for the assurance they will able eligible to play for their season.