Power lifting is one of those kinds of sports where strength is the determinant factor of success. However, like all sports, professional participants in this sport are limited on what kind of substances they can consume. Thus, they are not allowed to take any of the banned substances listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). If they happen to consume them for matters of medical treatment, they are expected to report this to USA Power-lifting and the International Power-lifting Federation. A list the banned substances is available on the United States Anti-doping Agency website.
However, at times power lifters can find themselves in a situation where by treatment of a given medical ailment they are suffering from requires the use of any of the banned substances. Here they have to check if those drugs are therapeutic exempted by the World Anti-Doping Association. The types of therapeutic use exemptions are broken down into two types, Full Time Therapeutic Exemptions for those kind of substances less commonly seen in competitive athletes and Abbreviated Therapeutic Exemptions for substances which are prescribed for treatment of more common conditions found in competitive athletes.
The general rule is that the power lifters are expected to know the banned substances and in case they consume them, even if it’s for legitimate reasons they have to report this to concerned organizations not less than 60 days prior to the day of competition. Disregard of these results into numerous penalties some of which include banning of power lifters found to be breaking the anti-doping rules.