When it comes to building speed, strength, and recovery, growth hormone (GH), and more specifically human growth hormone (hGH), has often been touted as one way to get an edge. Athletes competing in the UFC, however, should know the risks associated with growth hormone from a health and clean sport perspective.
As many designer stimulants become more widely available online and illegally included in supplements, it’s important for athletes and support personnel in the UFC to recognize the risk, both from an anti-doping perspective and a health perspective.
While researchers are still investigating the use of biological treatments and their potential efficacy, the most common questions athletes subject to the UFC Anti-Doping Program have about stem cell therapies are addressed.
Take time to learn about the 2019 Prohibited List & become familiar with changes that might impact the substances & methods you can use as a UFC athlete.
For UFC athletes who do choose to use supplements despite the risks, there are ways to minimize that risk. One ingredient athletes should be particularly aware of is octodrine.
An overview of the 2019 WADA Prohibited List, including highlights and additional explanations from the relatively minor changes for 2019.
Subject to anti-doping rules? always check the prohibited status of medications, even if prescribed for a condition unrelated to athletic performance.
Use these checklists to address your anti-doping responsibilities before a planned hospital visit, or during and after an emergency visit.
Athletes with ADD/ADHD can continue using necessary prohibited medications while competing as long as they receive a TUE. Learn more on how to comply.
For athletes subject to anti-doping rules and drug testing, it’s critical to understand how to use inhaled medications within the anti-doping rules.