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Title: Boosting in athletes with high-level spinal cord injury: knowledge, incidence and attitudes of athletes in paralympic sport
Authors: Bhambhani, Yagesh
Mactavish, Jennifer
Warren, Sharon
Thompson, Walter R.
Webborn, Anthony
Bressan, Elizabeth
De Mello, Marco Tuilo [UNIFESP]
Tweedy, Sean
Malone, Laurie
Frojd, Kennet
Van de Vliet, Peter
Vanlandewijck, Yves
Univ Alberta
Univ Manitoba
Georgia State Univ
Univ Brighton
Univ Stellenbosch
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Univ Queensland
Lakeshore Fdn
Univ Gavle
Int Paralymp Comm
Catholic Univ Louvain
Keywords: Boosting survey
paralympic athletes
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2010
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Citation: Disability and Rehabilitation. London: Informa Healthcare, v. 32, n. 26, p. 2172-2190, 2010.
Abstract: Autonomic dysreflexia (AD) is unique to individuals with spinal injuries (SCI) at T6 or above and can be voluntarily induced. Although AD improves wheelchair racing performance in some athletes, it also elicits exaggerated blood pressure, which could be dangerous. the International Paralympic Committee considers AD doping and banned its use. Purpose. the purpose of this study is to evaluate AD knowledge, incidence and attitudes (KIA) of Paralympians with SCI. Methods. An existing questionnaire was modified to include questions of AD KIA, validated by three experts and piloted with a small sample. It was administered on-line, mailed to members of a scientific network and distributed during the Beijing Paralympic Games. Fisher Exact test was used to evaluate differences across gender, injury and education. Results. of 99 participants, 54.5% had previously heard of AD while 39.4% were unaware; 16.7%, all males, had used AD to enhance performance. Participants reported that AD was (1) useful for middle (78.6%) and long distance (71.4%), marathon (64.3%) and wheelchair rugby (64.3%); (2) somewhat dangerous (48.9%), dangerous (21.3%) or very dangerous (25.5%) to health. Results were not influenced by age, injury level or injury duration. Conclusions. Findings indicate the need for educational programmes directed towards enhancing the AD knowledge of rehabilitation professionals, coaches and trainers working with SCI individuals.</.
ISSN: 0963-8288
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