8 Oct 2021 - Press Release
|Self assessment tips from Cape Town Cycle Tour Race Medical Director, Dr Darren Green |
What are the crucial self assessment symptoms ?Fever means that your body is dealing with an acute infection and places you at risk for severe complications on race day if ignored. Consequences are Myocarditis, dehydration, heat stress and seizures.
Flu symptoms both recent or current. Don’t consider racing if you are coughing, have a sore throat, shortness of breath or severe muscle body pains. Racing with an infection could lead to serious complications and even cardiac arrest.
Chest pain demands respect and could be related to an underlying heart, lung or muscle condition. Undiagnosed and untreated respiratory infections account for a large number of medical consults and withdrawals on race day. Pain associated with exercise can point to a cardiac issue like angina.
Feeling generally unwell with low energy and excessive fatigue. This could point to a systemic viral infection and high intensity exercise could worsen the infection and lower your immune system function.
Persistent diarrhoea before the race could precipitate more severe illness if not managed appropriately. Fluid and electrolyte imbalance, as well as body temperature control, are all linked to your hydration status. Don’t race with a gut infection.
Finally if you develop ANY of these symptoms after starting the race – please consider stopping at any of the medical points along the way for a check-up before continuing. Wishing you all a great race.
The Medical Team: MEDICLINIC