Absolutely spot on Jodi. We were lead to believe by the likes of ASADA, the AFL, the media, WADA that taking regular blood samples was something sinister and unsportsman like. In elite professional sport blood profiling of athletes is an essential element in their training and recovery program and I would contend this is the reason why Dank ordered the blood tests.
Professor Julian Savelescu, Professor of Bioethics at Oxford, has stated on many occasions (late last year at a symposium at Melbourne University) that blood profiling was essential in identifying low levels of certain markers in the blood. As Willcourt said, for example, low levels of testosterone and HGH were indicative of over training and a body under stress.
Prof Julian Savelescu stated that athletes with lower than normal level of hormones and other markets should be allowed to be administered these drugs to return them to a normal level. He opined that such a strategy was not contrary to the WADA code in terms of performance enhancement (if, in fact the drugs were proven to be performance enhancing).
There is evidence that fatigued and stressed athletes can be susceptible to respiratory infections as their immune system becomes compromised. Treatment with an immune booster is a means of protecting the athlete (hence the use of thymomodulin).
Despite all the reasons many want to sink Dank he was on the right track with this.
And ASADA (McDevitt) have not been forthcoming in explaining why thymomodulin was dismissed as being the “thymosin” used at Essendon and despite it being used at Melbourne.