I have had low testosterone for a time. About 2 weeks ago, my doctor prescribed androgel for me because my levels had gotten low enough that this seemed like a necessary step. Assuming I stay free from injury (I am prone to suffering it band syndrome), what implications does this mean for athletic competitions. In particular, I am interested in road races. If I as a Master's runner were to win a race, what are the implications? Would I / could I be DQed for the prescription testosterone. If someone gives examples from related sports like triathlons or cycling that would be helpful too if you cannot give an answer for road races.

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I believe you would be DQ'd if you were to use it. Looking at this thread, though they don't mention Androgel specifically, it looks like this is a standing problem: http://masterstrack.com/2010/07/14233/

The USATF rules on doping can be found here: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CCsQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usatf.org%2Fabout%2Frules%2F2008%2F2008USATFRules_Article2.pdf&rct=j&q=usatf%20drug%20rules%20testosterone&ei=45d_TvLuC-a1sQKgpfgO&usg=AFQjCNFdaNcCSrmM-wHNC1pst2PRUaKE1A&sig2=Kj91Y7RLaSMnK56y1K3ZFA&cad=rja

  • Love the discussion from the first link. Yeah I guess it is a damned if you do damned if you do not for some athletes
    – demongolem
    Sep 26, 2011 at 17:35

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