The FINA Sports Medicine Web Pages are designed to provide team physicians and allied medical support staff with up to date medical and scientific information to guide their daily care of the aquatic athlete.
Coaches, athletes and parents can also use these pages to answer their questions regarding aquatic health issues.
2) Dr Alan Vernec, the Medical Director for WADA recently reported on the progress of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP). This instrument has already been demonstrated as a successful means of establishing anti-doping rule violations where significant variations in the haematological profile of an athlete cannot be explained on clinical or physiological grounds. WADA continues to refine the current ABP guidelines and continues to assist stakeholders to implement the programme in accordance with their needs and resources.
3) A steroid module is soon to be added to the existing Athlete Biological Passport to complement information available through the basic haematological profile of an athlete. Once developed, the passport will include individual levels for specific steroids such as Human Growth Hormone (hGH), Insulin-Like Growth Factor (IGF-1), testosterone, Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinising Hormone (LH). Each of these naturally occurring substances is profiled, with each athlete acting as their own “control”.
4) WADA continues to place continuing importance on educational, anti-doping material available for athletes, coaches and team physicians. Material is available through the WADA website at www.wada-ama.org