linkAt the American Open Series 3, Dried Blood Spot (DBS) testing will be deployed. Using TAP™, the world’s first push-button blood collection device fromSeventh Sense Biosystems, Inc. (7SBio), the DBS pilot program will make it possible to gather more athlete samples while also greatly reducing the human and financial resources required to conduct tests. DBS testing also allows greater ease storing samples for future re-analysis.
This pilot program, together with existing allocations of blood and urine testing, will mean that the event will be the most tested event in USA Weightlifting history, further showing the commitment of bothUSA Weightlifting and USADA to provide a fair platform to athletes.
What is Dried Blood Spot (DBS) Testing?
DBS testing is another method, like traditional urine and blood testing, designed to detect and deter the use of substances and methods on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. DBS is also being investigated as a collection method that can measure important biomarkers that may be indicative of doping.
Moreover, DBS testing makes it easier to transport blood samples to WADA-accredited laboratories, and provides additional sample stability in storage for future analysis.
What is the TAP and how does it work?
The TAP is a new FDA-approved blood collection device that is positioned on the surface of an athlete’s upper arm or other limb. With the push of a button, the blood sample is collected from the surface of the skin and securely stored within the device. The collection process typically takes less than five minutes and can be completed by your DCO.
Will the device leave a mark or cause any side effects?
The device collects about 20 times less blood than normally collected in a single vial during venipuncture. There are no known health implications or side effects associated with the TAP.
At most, the TAP device will leave a small ring where it was applied to the athlete’s arm. The new collection process should be quick and virtually pain-free.
Will this method replace the current intravenous (venipuncture) collection method?
DBS testing will become an additional blood collection method, and traditional venipuncture collections will continue to be used. Occasionally, athletes will experience both collection methods during one test session. This should not impact performance because the TAP collects just five drops of blood.