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Talkback: Thyroid meds still legal for elite athletes

Posted: Today at 08:19

What I do know from reading various articles is that doping athletes do not take just one medication they take a number of medications; doping body-builders call it 'the stack'. You 'cycle' on and off various meds some enhance your performance some counter the side effects of those medications. Other meds are 'masking agents' that allow a doping athlete to pass a dope test.

Recently a number of athletes have been caught and had their bans mitigated in return for cooperation, this cooperation I assume, would include information about the meds they are taking and why. It is possible that these anti-doping bodies have information that suggests Levothyroxine is used in this way. The science of doping is frighteningly advanced 

Bottom of the foot, on the outside (left)

Posted: Yesterday at 21:21

I would agree with the above but would like to add that pain on the underside of your foot can be caused by tight muscles in the backs of your legs. Try a few stretches!

Swelling and redness on top of foot. Any ideas what it could be?

Posted: Yesterday at 15:30

Stress fractures sound nasty but can be better than tendon trouble. 4 to 6 weeks done! Then re-build your training slowly, take some calcium tablets you will be fine! Generally the more rest the quicker the healing process.

It is worth knowing that stress fractures can give you pseudo pain even after the bones have healed. This makes restarting training difficult to judge, a physio could help with this.

Thank you for the update!

Swelling and redness on top of foot. Any ideas what it could be?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 20:16
Uluru wrote (see)

Thanks SideBurn. The pain is dull rather than sharp so it looks more like a stress fracture than tendonitis. 

Your GP should be able to confirm yes or no; either way the remedy is rest. Stress fracture is 4 to 6 weeks but when healed they are healed. Tendonitis can hang around. Good luck! But experiment with different lacing styles

Swelling and redness on top of foot. Any ideas what it could be?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 16:29

Try feeling down the bones on the top of your foot (metatarsals), can you feel any swelling on the bone or pain when pushing on the bones? Is the pain dull? These would indicate a stress fracture rest and calcium tablets.

If the pain is sharp and more general then tendonitis; again rest and ibuprofen (if you can take it) try re-lacing your shoes so that you miss the crossovers that are over the injury. Just go in and out through the loops so there is no pressure on the affected area.

Constantly injured

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 12:09

I would suggest that you get involved with a local club or go to your local parkrun with a plan to find someone to assess your running. For instance are you running too fast too soon without warming up properly? Are you doing dynamic stretching?

Someone has suggested to me that running too slow is more harsh on your body than fast? (dunno about that one!).

Maybe do some treadmill running? Treadmill being considered easier on you than road/trail, you could always video yourself running on the treadmill to see how smooth (or otherwise) you are.

What do you mean by 'strength training'? Are you talking about circuit (insanity) style training for core strength? Or hill reps?

I would also suggest that you can get the same boost from cycling to maintain your fitness whilst injured? Road, off-road or static bike?

Whatever; don't give up and don't carry on regardless as you will only hurt yourself more!

My legs don't move properly when I walk!!!

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 12:10

Just out of interest did this start suddenly? Did you experience a 'pop' from your knee? Swelling in the knee? These and an inability to control your foot are symptoms of an injury to your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

This needs further investigation, try your GP first, but a sports injury specialist would be my next stop if the GP is not too interested. Have a quick read of this;



How to approach a marathon after injury

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 11:51

I don't see a problem with competing. The 'test' will be this 18 miler you have planned, if all is OK with this then happy days!

Don't be tempted to do a bit extra in the two weeks before the race; taper down as normal, but having missed some training you may not need a full two week taper.

Having missed a few long runs will affect your race both physically and mentally. You are likely to feel worried that you are un-prepared and think you will go bang at the 20 mile mark.

I would compensate for this by taking the first half VERY easy. Think of it as a half Marathon race with a half Marathon warm up before. If you finish thinking you should have done the first half quicker then you have nailed it!

Determined to run a marathon but am I making a mistake? Hi

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 09:37

I feel your pain, I have had to miss a lot of races this year because of injuries. This has seriously p..ed me off, I have wallowed in self pity etc. But running a race when you have an injury is a waste of effort, as is racing when you are not 100% fit, what is the point? You will finish the race knowing you could do better AND will risk aggravating the injury meaning you will be out for longer. Forget it and look to your next race.

I have still got some great results from this year and I can look forward to some great winter races.

Focus on the positives...

Panarama - Allan Wells - Drugs

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 21:29

I think Lance trumped Paula's placards 

 "In 2002 Armstrong had donated $25,000 towards the UCI’s costs for drug testing and in 2007 a further $100,000 towards a drug-testing machine"

I understood that Lance provided the machine itself; this makes sense if you think about it. It meant that he knew what machinery was being used to test his blood; allowing greater precision when manipulating his own numbers! Love him or hate him, you have to admire him!

Furthermore even 300 tests on one person is a lot! In 2011 the International Tennis Federation only did 130 blood tests! That is 130 on ALL tennis players!

I do not think that athletics has a major problem with drugs, it seems to have a regular harvest of cheats. Top names as well as the less well known, this is to be expected in any well paid sport.

Where other sports are concerned we are expected to believe that their competitors are paragons of virtue who do not need regular tests in or out of competition. The spotlight should be elsewhere, not on Paula or athletics.

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