NCAA institutionally based drug testing: Do our athletes know the rules of this game?

Richard R. Albrecht, William A. Anderson, Christopher A. McGrew, Douglas B. McKeag, David O. Hough

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One aspect of the current drug-testing controversy that has gone relatively unexamined concerns the extent to which student-athletes are fully informed of the testing procedures employed by their institution. College athletes (N = 2, 282) participating at 11 NCAA-affiliated institutions nationwide were surveyed as to their awareness of their school’s drug-testing program. Results indicate athletes have numerous misconceptions regarding the drug testing to which they may be subjected. Over one- third of the athletes attending “testing” institutions were oblivious to the fact their school was engaged in drug-testing, and more than 70% were unable to correctly identify their school’s drug-testing protocol. Implications of such ignorance are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-246
Number of pages5
JournalMedicine and science in sports and exercise
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1992


  • College athletes
  • Drug testing
  • Informed consent
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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