All athletes who use asthma inhalers are required to register with UK Athletics (UKA). You should have been given a form by the club’s Membership Secretary, but if not contact either the Membership Secretary (Rose Webb) or your Team Manager.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has the following guidelines for inhalers:
Salbutamol Inhaler (Blue Inhaler, Ventolin or Albuterol)
You are allowed to take, without a TUE, a maximum of 4 puffs of a 200 mcg inhaler within a 12 hr period (or 8 puffs of a 100 mcg inhaler).
Salmeterol Inhaler (Green Inhaler (Serevent) or, within Seretide, a Purple Inhaler)
You are allowed to take, without a TUE, a maximum of 200 mcg Salmeterol within 24 hours. This will usually be a maximum of 2 puffs twice per day. You cannot exceed this dose without a TUE.
Cough & Cold remedies
Always check with the pharmacist or your doctor that any medicine does not contain substances from banned stimulants list. Some common medicines that contain banned stimulants are: Benylin Four Flu, Beechams flu Plus, Day nurse, Conate 400, Mucron, Lemsip cold and flu, Sinutab, Vicks medinite, Sudufed tablets, Nurufen cold and flu tablets.
Team Managers cannot be held responsible for epi pens. If a situation arises in which an athlete needs to be administered with their epi pen a family member must be on hand to do so.
Junior members should not be overly concerned with regard to drug testing ect. But are encouraged to be mindful of the things they are taking.
British Athletics is alert to its responsibility to all participants in athletics in respect of all aspects of health and safety. One particular area that young athletes and their parents must be aware of is the risk of cardiac problems.
There have been too many instances of young athletes suffering potentially fatal heart conditions without being conscious that they are at risk.
British Athletics has worked with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) for several years, providing a screening service to athletes on the World Class Performance Programme. British Athletics and CRY are now seeking to encourage more athletes to use CRY’s screening service to help to identify any cardiac problems that may be otherwise hidden.
CRY is a charity that was established to raise awareness of conditions that can lead to the sudden cardiac death of young people. They operate a screening programme at a number of clinics around the UK and support this with mobile units that travel to other locations.
Full information about CRY and their services can be found on their website at http://www.c-r-y.org.uk
Young people between the age of 14 and 35 who would like to have cardiac testing can go to www.testmyheart.org.