Drug Free Sport Staff Writers

Drug Free Sport Staff Writers

Thursday, August 11, 2011

NCAA Medical Exceptions

The NCAA recognizes that in some cases there is a legitimate medical need for a banned substance to be used. Because of this, the NCAA has a Medical Exceptions Procedure for student-athletes. Below are some highlights of the exceptions procedures. You can access detailed information on medical exceptions here.

Medical Marijuana: The NCAA does not currently allow a medical exception for banned substances in the class of Street Drugs. Medical Marijuana is not eligible for a medical exception and any drug-test involving the use of marijuana for medical reasons may be addressed during the appeal process.

ADHD Medications: Stimulant ADHD medications like Ritalin and Adderall are banned by the NCAA. Student-athletes can request a medical exception but must include documentation of their diagnosis as well as their treatment. This information must be on file in the event of a positive drug-test. Please login to the REC and visit the Drug Program Information page for specific guidelines related to the documentation of ADHD treatment with banned stimulant medications.

Male-pattern baldness: Finasteride (Propecia) is banned by the NCAA under the class of masking agents. The student-athlete must exhaust all other options and document this effort.

Hypogonadism (or testosterone deficiency): Testosterone medication often used for this condition is banned by the NCAA. Student-athletes must request approval for use of this medication prior to participation.

Asthma: Common asthma medications, such as albuterol, are banned by the NCAA. However, they are permitted by inhalation with a prescription. You must have documentation on file to submit in the event of a positive drug-test.

When do I request a medical exception? For medications in the anabolic agent or peptide hormone drug class, you (through your athletic director) MUST request a medical exception prior to participation. For all other medications, documentation and medical exception paperwork must be on file. In the event of a positive drug test, you can then submit this documentation to the NCAA requesting a medical exception.

Please know that a prescription does not guarantee a medical exception will be granted. Report all medications to the training staff and take the steps necessary to request a medical exception in the event of a positive test (i.e., have the paperwork, diagnosis, etc. on file).

The NCAA does not grant medical exceptions for the use of over-the-counter drugs or dietary supplements under any circumstances.

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