drug screening

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Methods carried out on a group of athletes to distinguish between those who have used a banned substance and those who have not. Screening is essentially a procedure to clear athletes of any possibility of having used drugs. If a test is positive, then specific identification is needed. Techniques used in drug detection include chromatography, mass spectrometry, and radioimmunoassay. See also drug control policy.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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