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Banned drugs found in one in ten supplements
Posted by: Annie Emmerson
Posted on: Friday 1st August 2008

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Thankfully, drugs in triathlon appear to be quite uncommon, and we can probably count on one hand the positive tests seen in our sport over the last few years. Cases like Lisa Huetthaler's, reported on Tri247 yesterday, are rare, and it appears National Governing Bodies and the International Triathlon Union are trying to do all they can to keep the sport clean. It would be normal to think that most athletes are totally aware that they are doing something wrong when they opt for the dishonest route of taking performance enhancing drugs, but this may not always be the case. Imagine an athlete testing positive when they're not actually aware that they've taken a banned substance. It may seem unbelievable, but shockingly, it is possible.

Lucozade Sport, one of the leading sports drinks manufacturers, regularly carries out research with elite athletes and sports associations to increase their knowledge of the impact of nutrition and hydration on sporting performance. Lucozade Sport have been in contact with Tri247 to update us on some recent research they conducted into supplement contamination as part of their commitment to pioneering product safety and quality assurance. The findings are quite frightening!

The research, which was funded by Lucozade Sport and conducted by HFL Sport Science - an independent laboratory that tests supplements for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) – discovered that 10.5% of 152 supplements tested were found to be contaminated with steroids and/or stimulants. In other words, athletes risk a one in ten chance of testing positive for banned substances, when using supplements made by manufacturers who do not regularly screen products for contaminants. Lucozade Sport was not included in the supplements tested because the Lucozade Sport product range is already tested by HFL for the presence of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned steroid and stimulant contaminants. An exclusive story highlighting this research appeared last weekend in The Sunday Telegraph.

LSSA Business Manager, Steward Crooks, said: "Athletes need to be able to easily identify those companies that follow quality assurance procedures to the highest standards and those companies that do not. Lucozade Sport is one of the first supplement manufacturers to sign up to Informed-Sport, a new initiative from HFL to help athletes identify contaminant free supplements."

To find out more information on quality control measures undertaken at HFL on behalf of supplement manufacturers, click here or go to HFL also provides a list of screened products which can be found here.

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