What does a requirement to "prove" that you have asthma have to do with
green. Green has the proper documentation he just didn't submit it.
Green freely admitted that he forgot to fill out the paper work and
therefore accepted the punishment, A punishment that was obviously
designed to have the least impact on his career while still upholding
the rules. Nowhere can I find evidence that Green does not in fact
have a spirometer reading to prove his symptoms. In fact, everything I
have read indicates that he does in fact have all the proper paper
work, he just didn't submit it, but will remember in the future. Where
is the lie?
As for the prevelence in the peleton. First, incidents of asthma are
rising at an alarming rate across the whole population, and secondly
for a normal person a drop of 10% in lung function is barely noticable
and therefore will likely go undocumented, but a 10% drop in lung
function for an athlete has a pronounced effect and will mostly
definitely get noticed. Asking for a spirometer reading to prove
asthmatic symptoms is not a huge crack down. I believe USATF and the
IAAF had always required it. It is a minute long test where you blow
into a tube hooked up to a laptop.
Lastly, inhaled cortical steriods work by reducing inflamtion in the
lungs caused by various irratents. since a normal person has much less
of this inflamation (if at all noticable) said inhaled cortical steriod
would have little effect. Granted everyone gets some inflamation due to
irratation but any pronounced improvement due to ihaled cortical
steriod would in fact qualify said human as being asthmatic. It is a
big catch-22 you see. If the steriod works well for you then you have
exessive inflamation (which the inhaler has reduced) and you are
asthamtic. There is little or no logical reason to take cortical
steriod unless you are in fact asthmatic. further these steriods
increase you suseptability to respitory infection and are catabolic
(when the leak, which I believe they do) two factors that far outweigh
the benifit for a non-asthmatic.