The annual changes in the WADA prohibited list come into operation on the 1st January 2011. This year is generally a Good News story.
Athletes using Salbutamol or Salmeterol Inhalers will no longer have to declare their use. This also applies to athletes using a Glucocorticoid Inhaler [i.e.Beclomethasone].
However, excessive use (and it would need to be gross misuse) of Salbutamol inhaler can result in doping violation.
Glucocorticoid injections [steroids] by intra articular, periarticular, peritendinous, epidural, intradermal routes do not need to be declared after the 1st January 2011.
Platelet-derived preparations injections were permitted last year except for intramuscular route. As of the 1st January 2011, the intra muscular route permitted.
Desmopressin, a drug widely used for stopping bed wetting, is now named in the diuretic and other masking agent section.
There has been tidying exercise in several sections including the peptide and stimulant sections. Cannabinoids, and substances prohibited in particular sports (alcohol in Modern Pentathlon blockers in Bobsleigh, Gymnastics and Darts-individuals concerned) has also been updated. Whilst some of these sports are rare in the Institute Network, athletes can check on the WADA web site or through UK Anti-doping.
A reminder that the stimulant Methylhexaneamine has been transferred to the list of specific stimulants-this may mean shorter bans than before BUT athletes testing positive will still lose medals as witnessed at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Intelligence suggests that this product is found in certain cold cures and possibly contaminated supplements so care is strongly advised in these areas.
The decisions outlined above are excellent common sense advances.
Remember to check www.ukad.org.uk for medication checks and why not get the iphone app from WADA with the 2011 list to keep you updated at all times.
More info available HERE! - http://www.wada-ama.org/en/
Source: Sportscotland Institute of Sports.