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   Rushmoor Synchronised Swimming Club

                                                                            2013 BRITISH CHAMPIONS

 
 

MEDICAL INFORMATION

 

SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING WITH A COLD:

Swimmers with a heavy cold should not enter the water.  The pressures in the nasal passages encountered when under water are enormous.  The mucus and other "nasties" associated with a cold and which are found in the nasal passages, can lead to ear, mastoid, and other problems if forced through the other passages in the head due to a build up of pressure.  As Synchro involves taking the head to considerable depths, complications may arise.  However, should a swimmer be suffering from a heavy cold they should inform their coach, and then the coach may be able to give the swimmer alternative activities, which will not put the swimmer at risk?  BE WARNED!  Don't take a risk!  It is far better to miss a training session, or even a competition than to become deaf for the rest of your life.


DRUGS:

If you are any regular medication e.g. asthma inhalers please inform the club secretary as this information should be entered on your Club registration card. Please be sure that any drugs you take are not on the banned list which you can check by clicking on this link: http://www.wada-ama.org/en/Science-Medicine/Prohibited-List/.  In most cases your Doctor is aware.  We do have Drugs List although it is not comprehensive and if you are in any doubt concerning the drugs prescribed or even "over the counter" medicines please check with your coach who will check with the ASA.  Care must be taken in ensuring that swimmers know the PRECISE names of drugs and their contents.  Remember if tested POSITIVE for a banned substance this can result in a swimmer and TEAM disqualification.

DRUG TESTING AT A COMPETITION:

This is generally a random test, and may occur at any competition.  It involves a swimmer being selected by the Doctor, and being requested to provide a urine sample for testing purposes.  A Female Team Manager/Coach will always be present for these occasions.  The swimmer will sign the vessel as proof. Testing is likely at ALL national competitions.  At a recent event, an asthma sufferer, on the request of a medical practitioner checking on the drugs being used by participants stated that she was using INTAL. This is widely used and is not a BANNED DRUG. On looking at the inhaler it was discovered that the contents were INTAL CO (also known as INTAL COMPOUND) THIS IS A BANNED DRUG!!!  There is no written list of banned drugs.  If you need medication prior to a competition (especially National events) it is essential to check with your doctor with the medicine you are taking is likely to be on a banned list. 

These items are listed as banned substances for your guidance:

STIMULANTS - Cold remedies (e.g. night nurse), ephedrine, caffeine, salbutomol (ventolin inhaler). NARCOTICS: Any medicine with morphine – although codeine is now permitted. 
ASNABOLIC AGENTS – Testosterone, androstenediol, beta2 agonists – salbutormol, salmeterol (some inhalers are now permitted with verification and declaration but these must be obtained before a competition) 
BETA BLOCKERS – diving & synchronized swimming only
DIURETICS – furosomide etc (water pills) 
GLUCOCORTICOSTEROIDS – cortisone drugs – inhaled, skin, nasal sprays etc. 
LOCAL ANESTHETICS – these drugs must be declared with a legitimate verification of necessity

Any swimmer likel
y to be taking substances prescribed by a doctor, MUST fill in a medical form available on the British Swimming website prior to competing. 
Medical forms are given to every swimmer in their competition pack and should be filled out and returned to the Team manager/Coach as soon as possible.

ATTENTION FROM THE DOCTOR:

If a swimmer needs medical attention by the Competition Doctor at any time she should only be examined in the presence of a Female Team Manager/Coach or her Parent.

FOOD INTAKE:

All swimmers, particularly those involved in heavy training and competitions, must ensure that their intake of both solids and liquids is adequate.

At a recent event, a competitor who had undergone heavy training in the morning and who was involved in a competition in the afternoon, almost collapsed at the Medal Presentation due to low blood sugar levels.  This competitor had only consumed half a salad sandwich and a glass of water since getting up in the morning.  This was obviously inadequate and it is important that all swimmers seek appropriate advice on dietary considerations connected with training and competing.