Compliance

Drug Testing

NCAA Drug Testing
The NCAA and its member institutions share the responsibility of promoting a drug-free athletics environment to protect the health of student-athletes and preserve fair competition. There is also a shared responsibility to educate student-athletes in order to prevent drug usage. The NCAA conducts drug testing at all of its championships and through its year-round testing program.

Student-athletes are responsible for what they put in their body! Student-athletes should always check with their Athletic Trainer before taking medications, supplements, or any other substances.

NCAA Banned Drug Classes
The NCAA bans drugs by class, along with any substance chemically related to those classes. The following classes of drugs have been banned by the NCAA:

  • Stimulants;
  • Anabolic agents;
  • Alcohol and beta blockers (for rifle only);
  • Diuretics and other masking agents;
  • Street drugs;
  • Peptide hormones and analogues;
  • Anti-estrogens; and
  • Beta-2 agonists.

For a complete list of NCAA banned drugs, drugs and procedures subject to restrictions, and a warning about nutritional/dietary supplements, CLICK HERE

NCAA Penalty for Positive Tests of Street Drugs:

  • First positive: Lose one year of eligibility and serve a one year (365 day) suspension
  • Second positive: Lose one year of eligibility and serve a one year (365 day) suspension
NCAA Penalty for Positive Tests of Performance-Enhancing Drugs:
  • First positive: Lose one year of eligibility and serve a one year (365 day) suspension
  • Second positive: Permanent ineligibility
Ohio State Drug Testing:

Each NCAA member institution is responsible for determining whether to establish an institutional drug-testing program. The institution is also obligated to enforce the penalties.

Ohio State advocates for the development of healthy and responsible lifestyles for its student-athletes. Further, the institution believes that our student-athletes serve as University representatives and role models to many youth. As such, in order to be a member of a varsity intercollegiate athletic team, student-athletes must annually agree to participate in the Department of Athletics' Drug Testing Program. The program consists of drug and alcohol education, drug testing, and, if necessary, counseling and rehabilitation efforts.

Student-athletes should contact their athletic trainer with questions about Ohio State or NCAA drug testing policies. Student-athletes can review the institution's Drug and Alcohol Policy here.

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