If a medication is prohibited, you must check and adhere to the Irish Sports Council TUE Policy at https://www.sportireland.ie/anti-doping/athlete-zone/athlete-zone/therapeutic-use-exemptions
Players need to be aware that there are risks associated with the use of sports supplements with many positive drug tests associated with their use.
If a player is contemplating supplementation as a nutritional strategy, we advise that you seek professional assistance from a professional sports dietician. Only batch tested supplements should be used. Batch tested products can be checked using the following link:
LGFA Player Requirements:
Player seeking permission to use a medication containing a substance on the WADA Prohibited List must seek a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) to do so. LGFA players are permitted to apply retroactively (get a Post-test TUE). You need to ensure that your medical practitioner has a full medical file in place (see below for further details)
Post-test TUE: If you are drug tested and the lab report shows a prohibited substance in your sample, the Irish Sports Council will contact you to offer the opportunity to make a Post-Test TUE application for the substance, within specified timelines. You will need to supply a complete medical file documenting your medical history, diagnosis and medical justification for using a prohibited medication as opposed to a permitted alternative.
A player’s medical file would typically consist of:
- A detailed medical history (when diagnosed, previous episodes, previous hospitalisations, related symptoms, etc.)
- The results of any relevant medical tests, laboratory studies, etc.
- Any other supporting information which will confirm that the player has a legitimate therapeutic requirement to use a prohibited medication to treat a medical condition
- For asthma TUE applications, the medical file should also specifically include a comprehensive report of the Forced Expiratory Volume in 1 second (FEV1)
Ladies Gaelic Football Association Parental Consent form for Drug Testing should be completed by any underage players (under 18 years of age) playing on the Adult County Team – these forms are submitted to County Boards at commencement of Season and are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 8363156.
Declaring Medications and Supplements:
It is very important that you declare ALL MEDICATIONS AND SUPPLEMENTS taken within the last 14 days if you are drug tested. The Doping Control Officer will ask you to list all medications, supplements, etc. you have taken within the last two weeks on the Doping Control Form.
Where can I get more information?
The Irish Sports Council is the body responsible for the administration of anti-doping testing, education and administration. There is more information on their website and a copy of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules is available from www.irishsportscouncil.ie/antidoping or you can contact them directly on 01 8608800.
It is recommended to supply all members of the LGFA Adult County Teams with an Information Wallet Cards. These are supplied to County Boards at Congress in March and are also available for order direct from the Irish Sports Council website http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Anti-Doping/
The Irish Sports Council Anti-Doping Unit can also be contacted at:
Anti Doping Unit, Irish Sports Council, Top Floor, Block A, Westend Office Park,
Tel: 00353 1 8608800
Email: email@example.com www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Anti-Doping