Substance Abuse Testing Program

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The University of Maryland College Park and its Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is committee to the physical and mental health and well-being of its student-athletes, and as such, adheres to the principle that there is no place in intercollegiate athletics for substance abuse of any kind. The University recognizes that the use of certain drugs, legal or illegal, is not in the best interests of the student-athlete or the University of Maryland Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Use of drugs:

  • Can affect the physical and mental well-being of the student-athlete;
  • Can alter the academic and athletic performance of the student-athlete;
  • Can be dangerous to the student-athlete or to others, especially during any athletic activity; and
  • In most cases is illegal.

In an effort to combat the use of illicit substances, the NCAA and the University has implemented a comprehensive substance abuse education and testing program. The program is multifaceted and focuses on the following objectives:

  • To promote healthy and responsible lifestyles for student-athletes;
  • To educate student-athletes about the dangers of substance abuse;
  • To promote the role of University of Maryland student-athletes as representatives of the University and positive role models for the youth in the community; and
  • To provide a common mechanism for the detection, sanction, and treatment and rehabilitation of specific cases of substance abuse.

NCAA Substance Abuse Testing Program-

University of Maryland Substance Abuse Testing Program-

NCAA ADHD Medical Exceptions Process-

  • Effective August 1, 2009, the NCAA has instituted a stricter application of the NCAA Medical Exception policy, and specifically for the use of banned stimulant medications to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Student-athletes who have been diagnosed with ADHD and/or have been prescribed stimulant medications (e.g. Ritalin, Strattera, Adderall, Concerta, etc.) should notify a member of the Sports Medicine Department immediately to receive a copy of the ADHD Medical Exceptions Packet and begin the process of obtaining the necessary documentation and approval process.
  • Student-athletes must have the necessary documentation on file with the University of Maryland Sports Medicine Department in order to avoid possible sanctions by the NCAA and by the University as a result of a positive drug test.
  • Student-athletes, parents, and/or practitioners with questions or concerns regarding the ADHD evaluation process and/or the NCAA Medical Exception process may contact Dr. Yvette Rooks, Head Team Physician or Darryl Conway, Assistant Athletic Director- Sports Medicine.