Most of you know me as a passionate masters swimmer and coach. The SAMS committee voted in favour of distributing my research study, titled “Health status of South African masters swimmers, their medication use and attitudes towards doping” to you. The focus of my M.Sc. study is to evaluate the health status and associated medicine use in swimmers 18 years and older. With more adults swimming, it is important to know their health status as exercise and participation in competition carries an increased risk of cardiac events and injuries. This will help organisers to better plan events such as the aQuelle Midmar Mile and other sporting events.
The questionnaire also includes doping questions as many older athletes take some form of chronic and/or pain medication to treat their illness and/or injuries. Some of the medications taken by swimmers might contain performance enhancing substances. Please keep any medication that you currently use handy so that you can list them. You will also be asked questions on your attitude towards intentional and unintentional doping.
I would be very grateful if you can further distribute the questionnaire to any South African swimmers known to you that are 18 years and older.
Participation in the research is entirely voluntary. If you are willing to participate in the study, please click on the link below or paste it into your browser. The data collected by the online survey will be anonymous. The questionnaire will take around 5-10 minutes to complete.
Thank you so much for your time.