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johnnytx
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:07 am GMT +0000    Post subject: blood donor...ok? Reply with quote

have been asked to donate platelets this next weekend....

1. is this an ok thing to do as far as usac rules go?

2. will effect my performance adversely for nov. 7th xc?

any insight will be appreciated....john
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:53 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

Johnnytx:

Short and quit answers:

"1. is this an ok thing to do as far as usac rules go?" Yes, it is okay.

"2. will effect my performance adversely for nov. 7th xc?" No.

Insight:

Platelets are rapidly replaced (in 24 hours) and will not affect your performance. Go for it and thank you for saving a life.

Be prepaired to explain your needle marks, though. I donated plasma regularily and had some nice needle marks to explain.

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