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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

A report from the NCAA: Latest testing shows minimal increase in steroid use

NCAA championship drug testing involves testing for all classes of NCAA-banned drugs, including anabolic steroids, stimulants, peptide hormones (such as erythropoietin and human chorionic gonadotropin), diuretics and urine manipulators, beta blockers, beta-2 agonists and street drugs (marijuana and heroin). All championships are guaranteed to be tested at least once every five years, and some are tested annually.

A student-athlete who tests positive for an NCAA-banned substance loses a year of eligibility and is withheld from competing in all sports for a year. Historically, the overwhelming majority of student-athletes who lose eligibility for a positive drug test do not return to their sport, and many do not graduate.