Charlie Beljan’s recent victory—in spite of anxiety attacks that required hospitalization—has brought the subject of beta blockers back to the forefront in golf. Following his winning effort, Beljan said that he would seek treatment which might include medication to ward against future attacks. He likely wouldn’t be allowed to use those drugs in competition, though, unless he gets a “therapeutic use” exemption approved by an independent panel of doctors.
The problem is that Beta Blockers, which are used to treat high blood pressure, among other things, apparently can have the side effect of steadying fine motor movements, such as steadying hand tremors. That, of course, would be a huge advantage in golf.
I see lawyers getting involved in this one.