Tramadol misuse is of concern because of the risks of physical dependence, opiate addiction, and overdose. It has led to it being a controlled drug in many countries. Research studies funded by WADA have also confirmed the potential for Tramadol to enhance sports performance.
If a player is selected for drug testing and tramadol is present in their sample, they could face a ban from Rugby. If you currently use tramadol, speak to your doctor about seeking alternative pain medication that is permitted in sport.
It is each player’s responsibility to know what goes into their body. Strict liability applies to all players under the RFU Anti-Doping Regulations.
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