DOCTOR'S CORNER with Dr JOSEPH KABUNGO
THE competitiveness has also resulted in robust rules to ensure that the game is played in a conducive environment with more emphasis on the well being of players.
One of the aspects is the inclusion of doping controls.
Doping control in football is one important component.
It is inevitable for any person playing football under the local football federation, Confederation of Africa Football and FIFA to escape doping controls.
I will not discuss the principles of doping control but will highlight important rules, which every player must adhere to.
The first rule is that doping is cheating and cheating is not part of football and goes against the spirit of fair play.
When a player cheats, it means he or she does not respect his or her teammates and football at large.
Any sportsman worthy his sort would not love to win knowing they cheated.
The second rule is for every player to get informed about doping.
Every prescribed drug must be checked with respective team doctors to ensure it is not on the prohibited list.
It is important to double-check medication that is prescribed even if it is from the doctor because if a player fails a dope test the responsibility is theirs.
It is worth remembering that not every doctor is aware of the FIFA Anti-doping regulations and the World Anti-Doping code.
The third rule is to check the prohibited list of drugs.
The World Anti-Doping Agency’s anti-doping list is vital for all athletes.
It describes the substances (or classes of medicines the athletes are forbidden from using.
The fourth rule to prevent doping has to deal with nutrition. It is important for football players to be on good nutrition.
A balanced and healthy diet can improve performance and provides all nutrients and energy that one needs for training and competition.
The fifth rule focuses on nutritional supplements.
It is vital that one is careful with supplements and avoid them if not 100 percent certain about their contents. Supplements might contain prohibited substances, either due to contamination.
The sixth rule is not to risk the career.
It is against the rules to make, sell, buy or attempt to traffic any prohibited substance.
It is also against the rule to posses, administer or attempt to administer any prohibited substance or prohibited method. The seventh rule is to avoid social drugs.
Social drugs such as marijuana and cocaine are a threat to one’s health.
Both of these substances are prohibited by WADA for competition periods because marijuana can stay in the body for many weeks after usage.
The eighth rule talks about avoiding anabolic steroids, which are harmful to the body.
It is important for a footballer to eat the right diet to maintain fitness throughout the game.
The ninth rule is to avoid doping is to make your whereabouts well known.
If you are in the pool of registered players for doping, it is important that your whereabouts are known.
Failure to do this will result in an anti-doping rule violation.
The tenth rule is to never refuse a test or temper with a sample.
If a football player refuses to undergo a test it directly translates into a penalty as someone who is already guilty of doping.
Falsification, exchange or destruction of a test sample or failing to submit to sample collection is a serious violation of the rules.
It is important for a football player to comply with the requirements of doping control procedures.
The eleventh rule in doping prevention has to deal with Therapeutic Use Exemption.
If there is a significant health problem, there is need to apply for a TUE in order to use a prohibited substance or method. The treatment must not improve your performance beyond a return to normal and there must be no other alternative treatment available.
Violation of any of these rules will result in undesirable sanctions.
For questions write to Dr Kabungo Joseph
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or kateulejk @gmail.com