Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 7,042 Mega Baller
A doctor recently suggested I take DHEA supplement. Some googling suggests that WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) considers this a banned substance, but I cannot find where USAWS and/or IWWF say what rules govern waterski athletes. (I also cannot find Masters Track and Field guidance, but that's a subject for a different audience.)

Yes, I realize I will never actually be tested, and if this will really improve my health I might just take it regardless. But I'm at least curious whether it is officially allowed and how I could find that out.
Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan


  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 7,042 Mega Baller
    Found something potentially relevant: https://www.usada.org/athletes/testing/tue/determine/

    Has some links to banned lists (and DHEA is on them), but also allows inquiring about Therapeutic Use Exemption, which I've now done.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,350 Administrator
    edited May 11
    over the counter anything is fine unless you turn pro.

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  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 7,042 Mega Baller
    @Horton That would be simple enough. Where is that rule?
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • KelvinKelvin Posts: 1,329 Mega Baller
    Elite waterskiers are subject to WADA (or some similar agency) drug testing and must report their whereabouts at all times so they can be randomly drug tested. Listen to Freddie Winter's podcast with Matteo Luzzeri for a funny story about drug testing.
    Kelvin Kelm, Lakes of Katy, Katy Texas
  • DragoDrago Posts: 1,751 Mega Baller
    @Than_Bogan Its banned for a reason. It's a PED with serious potential unhealthy side effects. I would make absolutely sure you need it, not just, "I wanna feel younger". If you do need it, you should get a TUE, especially if you are still coaching kids.
    SR SL Judge & Driver (“a driver who is super late on the wheel and is out of sync”)
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