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17 August 2011

Drugs and doping in rugby

The use of drugs which contain any of the banned substances is viewed very seriously at all levels of rugby. But who is ultimately responsible? And which drugs are prohibited?

The use of drugs or supplements which contain any of the banned substances is viewed very seriously at all levels of rugby and while the onus is on the player to make sure they know what they are taking, coaches and trainers need to be aware too.

In Practical Nutrition for Rugby, compiled by Shelley Meltzer and Cecily Fuller of the Sports Science Institute of SA, "Ignorance of the issues surrounding drugs in rugby may not be used as an excuse by players, coaches, trainers, selectors, managers, agents, team staff, officials, referees, doctors, physiotherapists, dietitians or any other persons participating in, or involved in the organisation, administration, promotion or coaching of sport – and the consequences of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) anti-doping rules apply."

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) is an independent, non-governmental organisation created through the collective initiative led by the International Olympic Committee, following the Lausanne Declaration on Doping in Sport (1999).

  • Abnormally heavy bouts of training
  • Sudden increase in body mass and strength in an abnormally short period
  • The player is in remarkably good shape despite an undisciplined lifestyle and little interest in diet and correct training
  • Increased injury frequency, particularly in the muscular attachment points and tendons
  • The player shows a keen interest in health foods and nutritional supplements and has an extensive knowledge of the effect of various medicines and doping agents.

 
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