Ladies Gaelic Football Association Anti-Doping Policies and Procedures
LGFA’s policy is that doping is contrary to the spirit of sport and every member has a duty to ensure that the sport is free of doping. The Irish Sports Council is committed to the challenge of combating doping in sport and promoting fair play through the implementation of the Irish Sport Anti-Doping Programme. As part of this programme, players and athletes across the full spectrum of sport in Ireland may be required to submit to drug testing both in and out of competition. LGFA require Counties and Clubs to play an important role in raising awareness for anti-doping and promoting a drug free sport at all levels.
LGFA advises all members to read and understand YOUR responsibilities under the Anti-Doping Rules.
Irish Anti-Doping Rules
The Anti-Doping Rules of Ladies Gaelic Football Association are the Irish Anti-Doping Rules as per Official Guide Rule 50: The Anti Doping Rules of Cumann Peil Gael na mBan are the same as the Irish Anti- Doping Rules as amended from time to time.
What do LGFA members need to know ?
(1) WADA Prohibited List – Checking Medications & TUE Policy
The World Anti-Doping Agency issues a Prohibited List annually. For information on the Prohibited List see:
Note: Recreational Drugs are tested in-competition.
Check the status of over-the-counter and prescribed medications in relation to the Prohibited List, based on where you purchase the medication:
Republic of Ireland:
||Drugs in Sport Database on www.eirpharm.com|
|For instant access to the Drugs in Sport Database, download the free ‘Medication Checker’ App available for iPhone and Android for Eirpharm – find it in the Apple iTunes Store or on Google Play|
|Medications bought in the Republicof Irelandcan be checked by your G.P., Consultant or Pharmacist in a monthly publication called MIMS Ireland. Ensure the current months edition is checked.|
Northern Ireland/ UK/ Canada/ USA:
Medications bought in Northern Ireland, U.K., U.S.A and Canadacan be checked on www.globaldro.com
See http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Anti-Doping/Medicines_TUEs/How_to_check_your_medications/ for further information
If a medication is prohibited, you must check and adhere to the Irish Sports Council TUE Policy at www.irishsportscouncil.ie/tue.
(2) Sample Collection Procedures
For information on the Sample Collection Procedures that are adhered to when athletes are tested, the following resources are available- Check out:
• Read the leaflet ‘Sample Collection Procedures – Urine and Blood’
Check out the e-learning programme Real Winner www.irishsportscouncil.ie/realwinner
Taking medication to treat a medical condition?
You may not realise it but the medication you take regularly to treat a medical condition (Asthma, Diabetes, Hay-fever, Hypertension, etc) could contain a substance which is on the banned list. The easiest way to check your medication is to look it up on the Eirpharm website www.eirpharm.com (medications purchased in the Republic of Ireland) or www.globaldro.com (medications purchased inNorthern Ireland). For instant access to the Drugs in Sports Database, download the free Medication Checker App on iPhone or Android.
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. For more information, read the Irish Sports Council Supplements and Sports Food Policy at:
Useful fact sheets in relation to supplements are available on the Instituteof Sportwebsite at: http://www.instituteofsport.ie/Institute_Of_Sport/Athlete_Zone/Performance_Nutrition/
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) http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Anti-Doping/Medicines_TUEs/
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 email@example.com 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/antidopingor you can contact them directly on 01 8608800.
Therapeutic Use Exemption Forms can be downloaded from the Irish Sports Council web site http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Anti-Doping/Medicines_TUEs/
It is recommended to supply all members of the LGFA Adult County Teams with an Information Wallet Cards. These are supplied to CountyBoardsat commencement of season and are also available for order direct from the Irish Sports Council website http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Anti-Doping/Resources/
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