(Las Vegas, NV) . Dr. Margaret Goodman and the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) called today for professional sports leagues to immediately adopt the Carbon Isotope Ratio (CIR) test for every screen used in testing for performance]enhancing drugs. To date, only the athletes who participate in VADA’s rigorous program undergo such testing.
"The recent positive tests for synthetic, or artificial, testosterone in professional and elite sports demonstrate that it is a problem at the highest levels of sport," said Dr. Goodman, President of VADA. "Clearly, some athletes are choosing to use the substance because they know it is not tested for upfront. It’s long past time that the CIR test was used across the board to test for synthetic testosterone."
In nearly all sports today, the CIR test is only used when testers suspect from other indicators a presence of synthetic testosterone. As a result, athletes and trainers who understand the limitations of this testing can "microdose" with synthetic testosterone in order to avoid triggering a CIR test. In the late 1990s, a number of brilliant anti]doping scientists.some of whom later acted as consultants to VADA.collaborated to develop a better way to detect doping with testosterone by using isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS). The CIR/IRMS method is considered a superior, highly reliable test that culminates in measuring isotope ratios to determine whether testosterone is produced naturally or artificially.
Since its inception last year , VADA has used the CIR test as a screening method on every specimen. VADA is the first anti-doping organization to do so. "We commend our VADA fighters for stepping up and volunteering for the most stringent testing available," said Dr. Goodman. "They set a fine example for athletes in other sports."
"Synthetic testosterone, an anabolic steroid, is a banned and dangerous substance, and cannot be allowed into legitimate competitive sports," she added. "The potential harmful side effects of using it include damage to the liver, kidneys, heart, brain, and bones."
Margaret Goodman, M.D., serves as President and Chairman of the Board of the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. She is a highly respected neurologist with a private practice in Las Vegas, and is a longtime advocate for unarmed combat]sport fighter health and safety.
The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association is an independent organization offering effective anti-doping programs in boxing and mixed martial arts that help protect the health and safety of its athletes and the spirit of their sports. Through voluntary participation in a rigorous testing program, boxers and mixed martial artists demonstrate their commitment to clean sport. VADA also educates participants, commissions and the public about the risks of using performance-enhancing drugs and the benefits of utilizing safe and effective nutrition and training practices.
For more about VADA, visit its website at www.vada-testing.org.