oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Anaesthesia and analgesia drugs contraindicated in competitive athletes : refresher course

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



The administration of any pharmaceutical agent to a professional or elite sportsman is fraught with danger. There is the risk of giving a banned substance to an ailing athlete and destroying a career. Then there are the potential problems of drug interactions with any of the multitude of agents that the sportsman may be taking. One should also be alert to being asked to treat the side-effect of a banned, illegal, experimental or veterinary agent. The rules for banned substances apply not only to able-bodied athletes, as athletes with disabilities are governed by the same rules and may need treatment for their chronic conditions.

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