SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING WITH A
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.
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
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
Any swimmer likely 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
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