I do not know what we will do. The leaders will soon meet. I propose that we keep the same rules and we requested a meeting with the AIGCP [International Association of Professional Cycling Teams, whose president Eric Boyer was forced to resign by teams External ACCM, Ed]. But WADA has the force of law on the planet. I fear that we are forced to align with its rules..
They cite three reasons. The more delusional and most misleading is that the abbreviated TUE required too much paperwork. Then we advance the cultural differences on the subject between the Latin and the Anglo-Saxon. They are now at the head of the main institutions [WADA is chaired by the Australian John Fahey, the UCI by the Irishman Pat McQuaid, etc., Ed]. The third argument is that steroids are the most economical treatment, the most accessible for most countries, so the more equitable. Scientifically, it is indefensible.
Yes. We may use acupuncture, homeopathy, local treatment, a laser, electromagnetic waves… These treatments are not all more expensive and they have been at least as effective. Certainly, corticosteroids are proven, but rather in the very short term. Often, practitioners make it a preferred mode of therapy and massive because they have bothered to think otherwise. One study provides a rheumatologist 1100 injections per year. For my part, when faced with patients sometimes hard than average, I limit myself to less infiltration week. And since I practice in the cycling community, I am bound to three in 15 years.