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Volume: 16 Issue: 4
(April 2018)

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how therapeutic use exemption system reformed prevent abuse one conclusions recent digital culture media sport committee (‘dcms report ‘combatting doping

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How the Therapeutic Use Exemption system could be reformed to prevent abuse

One of the conclusions of the recent Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (‘DCMS’) report on ‘Combatting doping in sport’ related to potential abuse of the Therapeutic Use Exemptions (‘TUE’) system within elite sport, and the need for review of the TUE system to deter such abuse. This system allows for the authorised use of substances/methods normally prohibited in sport (i.e., appearing on the World Anti-Doping Agency (‘WADA’) prohibited list), as long it can be proven that they are required to treat a legitimate illness/medical condition. Dr Ian Boardley, Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology in the School of Sport, Exercise, and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham, in this article shares his thoughts on how the TUE system might be reformed to prevent abuse in the wake of the DCMS report.

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