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NCAA Athletes Prepare for Pollen Count

ncaa allergies pic for SKAEUGENE, Ore. — The NCAA Track and Field Championships start Wednesday at Hayward Field and athletes from around the country could be getting more than they bargained for with the high pollen count.

Luckily, there are no NCAA restrictions on over the counter allergy medications. But, allergy medications could be problematic if this weekend’s athletes are competing in an international or elite U.S. championship. “I think it’s pretty well publicized that Eugene has a significant pollen issue in the Spring, especially in the track culture. I don’t think this is a surprise to many people, so I think that most athletes did come well prepared,” said Gregory Skaggs, UO Director of Athletic Medicine.

Skaggs said he hopes team physicians have prepared the athletes for the allergy season and will be bringing their own medication. There will be medication on hand in the medical tent just in case.

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