Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Conditions limiting pre-participation

  • Not everyone has the ability to take part in high performance training. There are a number of conditions which must be cross checked before an athlete get involved in sporting activities.
  • These are determined buy the anatomical and physiological strengths of an individual.

Conditions limiting participation

  • Heart conditions.
  • Asthma.
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure.
  • Diabetes
  • Repeated concussions
  • History of heat illnesses.

Heart Conditions

The circulatory system plays a vital role in sports participation. Transportation of all essential nutrients in the human body is done in thea medium of blood. Cardiac input and output of an athlete determines the ability to be involved in a specific sport according to demand profiles. Most athletes heart attacks and failures are a result of not going through functional screening hence coming as a shock.


Vo2-max of an athlete is one of the first point of call especially in all sports involving a lot of endurance. Conditions like asthma should be strictly monitored during participation since they limit the rate of performance and recovery. Asthma pumps are usually recommended closer to athlete in case of an attack, and the technical stuff should be knowledgeable on how to deal with special population.

Repeated Concussions

Internal injuries or disturbances are silent killers since they are unpredictable, one of the most dangerous is the head concussion hence there is need of thorough monitoring of an athlete involved in repeated concussions to avoid worse case scenarios An athlete suffering from repeated concussions is limited in the levels of participation as a precautionary measure against higher grades.

History of heat illness

Thermo regulations of the body are of paramount importance and requires regular monitoring. External temperatures plays a vital role in athletes performances hence athletes affected by heat illness are usually challenged when training in areas of high temperatures or by seasonal changes limiting their participation in sporting activities. The technical team through team doctors and sports scientists should be able to offer pre-participation physical examinations, covering a number of key areas affecting performance.