Drug Testing Resources
During your time as a student-athlete at Francis Marion University you may be selected for drug testing through the institution or the NCAA. Every student-athlete and student-support staff member is subject to the department of athletics substance abuse policy from the first day of classes following their initial enrollment at FMU to their final day of enrollment. This includes summer months in-between academic years. More information on Francis Marion University’s policies on drug testing can be found in the FMU Student-Athlete Handbook. Additionally the current NCAA Banned Substance List can be found online.
NCAA Banned Drugs and Medical Exceptions Policy (ADHD Policy)
The NCAA bans classes of drugs because they can harm student-athletes and can create an unfair advantage in competition. Some legitimate medications contain NCAA banned substances, and student-athletes may need to use these medicines to support their academics and their general health. The NCAA has a procedure to review and approve legitimate use of medications that contain NCAA banned substances through a Medical Exceptions Procedure. More information on the policy and guidelines can be found here.
Supplementation and Athletic Nutrition
Informed-Choice is a quality assurance program for sports nutrition products, suppliers to the sports nutrition industry, and supplement manufacturing facilities. It is a monitoring program that certifies that a supplement product and/or raw material that bears the Informed-Choice logo has been ‘skip-lot’ tested (tested at least on a monthly basis) for banned substances by LGC’s world-class sports anti-doping lab. Supplement users can use the search function to find products that have been through this certification process. The Informed-Choice certification is a voluntary program for reputable supplement companies who wish to register some, or all, of their products and carry the Informed-Choice mark on those products. Athletes who see the Informed-Choice logo on a product can be assured it has undergone rigorous checks and testing to ensure that it is not contaminated with banned substances and is safer to use.
Insurance, Vivature, and Explanation of Benefits
General insurance information, details of our Vivature insurance billing system, and directions on Explanation of Benefits (EOBs) can be found in our Insurance Letter to Parents.
The Francis Marion University Athletic Department wants to assure you that our qualified athletic training staff will do everything possible to keep you or your children free from injuries while competing in our programs. However, if an injury should occur, we will make sure they receive the proper medical care. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions concerning our athletic insurance, please feel free to contact our Sports Medicine Staff at 843-661-1358.