Drug Testing

CSMAS recommends drug-testing penalty change

The committee proposed a change to the language of the legislated penalty for use of performance-enhancing drugs.

What Student-Athletes Need to Know About Marijuana

The NCAA Sport Science Institute has developed a scripted PowerPoint presentation template to help member schools educate student-athletes about the facts and issues surrounding marijuana use. While the great majority of student-athletes...

Drug-Testing Appeals Process

If requested to do so, an institution is required to bring an appeal on behalf of a student-athlete who has a positive drug test or who violates an NCAA drug-testing protocol. The procedures for appeal are contained in Section 8.0 of the...

Competitive safeguards committee takes new approach to drug testing changes

A push to replace testing for street drugs at NCAA championship events with a more robust approach has slowed, but has not been derailed entirely.

2020-21 NCAA Banned Substances

Download: 2020-21 NCAA Banned Substances (pdf) NCAA Division I Bylaw 12 and NCAA Divisions II and III Bylaw 14 require that schools provide drug education to all student-athletes. The athletics director or the athletics director's designee...

Medical Exceptions Procedures

The NCAA list of banned drug classes (NCAA Bylaw 31.2.3) is composed of substances that are generally purported to be performance enhancing and/or potentially harmful to the health and safety of the student-athlete. The NCAA recognizes...

Competitive safeguards committee recommends drug testing changes

The Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports recommended extensive changes to the NCAA’s drug-testing policies when it convened in mid-December in Indianapolis.

From the Trenches: The Good and Bad of Substance Use Trends

Experts at a recent NCAA meeting warned that while testing and education efforts have helped curb steroid use, administrators and coaches must remain vigilant about the ever-changing dietary supplement market, the seemingly never-changing...

Health and safety to be considered in all future playing rule changes

The Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports urged sport and playing rules committees to carefully consider the safety consequences of proposed playing rules.

Frequently Asked Questions about Drug Testing

What drugs are banned by the NCAA? The NCAA bans drugs by class, along with any substance chemically/pharmacologically related to those classes. The banned drug classes are: anabolic agents; stimulants; alcohol and beta blockers (for rifle...


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