England Hockey proudly supports Clean Sport and believes that all athletes have the right to participate in hockey knowing that they, their teammates and their opposition do so without the use of prohibited or recreational substances.
England Hockey, and its affiliated clubs, organisations and their members, are bound by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code and all associated Standards. England Hockey works closely with both WADA and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) to conduct a comprehensive anti-doping programme that covers education, testing and results management. The following links provide information to players, coaches and support staff to enable sensible and informed decision making with regards to Clean Sport.
England Hockey adopt and comply with the rules set by UKAD and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) which are in line with the WADA Code. These rules can be accessed under further resources.
As an athlete you are responsible for any banned substance:
- you use
- you attempt to use
- found in your system
Regardless of how it got there or whether you intended to cheat or not.
Medication, Supplements and Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)
You can check the status of your medication using Global Drug Referencing Online (Global DRO). By simply searching using the brand name or ingredient, you will be provided with up to date information about whether the medication contains a substance which is either prohibited or not, and if so whether it is prohibited in competition, out of competition of both.
Global DRO cannot be used for supplements. The website is mobile friendly enabling you to check medications on the go.
Supplement products can pose a significant risk to athletes as it is not possible to provide a 100% guarantee that any supplement does not contain a prohibited substance.
Athletes and support personnel should be fully aware of what supplements are, what the risks associated are and how the risks can be minimised. Many supplement products do not display or describe all ingredients contained. Contamination can occur in production as well as fake products being made available online.
Informed sport is a risk minimisation scheme for individuals considering using supplements. The scheme is designed to evaluate supplement manufacturers for their process integrity and screens supplements and raw ingredients for the presence of prohibited substances.
Athletes competing at certain levels are required to complete a TUE form prior to competing. A TUE form is required if an athlete is prescribed a prohibited substance (for which no alternative is available) for a legitimate medical condition. This will be highlighted when checking medication using Global DRO.
You will be informed if you are required to complete a TUE.
Further information regarding TUE's can be found on the UKAD website by clicking here