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Join ACSM, USADA in the Fight Against Doping in Sports

As headlines continue to expose athletes who test positive for banned substances, ACSM joins the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and numerous other organizations in forming Professionals Against Doping in Sports (PADS) to unite in their commitment to drug-free sports.

The newly-launched PADS website lists dozens of partner and member organizations, including sports governing bodies, medical societies and advocacy organizations. It also invites other organizations to sign on as partners in this important cause.

PADS member organizations are asked to adopt standards modeled on the Statement of Principles of Ethical Behavior for ACSM Members. That declaration asks, in part, that members:
  • Will treat athletes only as their medical conditions warrant and will observe the rules of the appropriate anti-doping organizations regarding use of prohibited substances and methods;
  • Will not advise, aid or abet any athlete to use prohibited substances or methods of doping; and
  • Will use all means possible to deter doping by athletes.
ACSM believes that all sports are at risk for doping and that the significant dangers of prioritizing winning above all else, including compromising health and competitive ethics, make this a critical issue for medical and sport professionals. ACSM has long decried the use of performance-enhancing substances, in statements ranging from a 1984 Position Stand to this year’s support for federal legislation that regulates dietary supplements. more

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