Jessica Phillips Sanctioned by USADA for Intravenous Infusion of Non-Prohibited Substances

Earlier this week, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced weightlifter, multi-time CrossFit Games athlete, and National Pro Grid League competitor Jessica Phillips accepted a 14-month sanction for an intravenous infusion that went above the allowed volume within a given time period.

During an out-of-competition doping test, Phillips “declared the use of an intravenous infusion of non-prohibited substances” under a physician’s supervision, according to the USADA report. Though Phillips — currently a member of the NPGL’s Phoenix Rise — did not inject (or use) any prohibited substances, the infusion she received was above the 50mL limit USADA’s anti-doping guidelines allow within a 6-hour period.

Her period of ineligibility began on April 25, 2016, and competition results recorded after that date must be forfeited; this includes Phillips’ 2nd place finish in the women’s 75kg category at USA Weightlifting Nationals in May.

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We don’t yet have details regarding Phillips’ exact use or reason for the infusion. However, in some sports, intravenous fluid infusions can be a method to rehydrated following a significant weight cut prior to competition.

Earlier this summer, Phillips competed in the Reebok CrossFit Games as a member of CrossFit Bound, which finished in 25th place overall. It’s unclear exactly if or how the USADA sanction might impact her team’s results at that competition.

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