Opponents argue that PEDs are harmful and potentially fatal, and that athletes who use them are cheaters who gain an unfair advantage, violate the spirit of competition, and send the wrong message to children. They say PED users unfairly diminish the historic achievements of clean athletes, and that efforts to stop PED use in sports should remain strong.
A substantial change in anti-doping policy could mean athletes escape with only a month’s ban if they are caught using recreational drugs.
Next year the World Anti-Doping Authority will implement a new code, the first change in six years. Among the measures that have been announced include a reduction in sanctions for “substances of abuse”, illegal drugs that do not have a performance-enhancing effect.
Doping is not new. As early as the 8th century B.C., ancient Greek Olympians ate sheep’s testicles to enhance performance.
Floyd Landis, a former teammate of the cyclist’s, just won more than $1 million in a legal case against Armstrong. Here are his thoughts on the suit, cycling, and his onetime rival.
Doping is not a new problem. In fact, it has been part of sports for a century.
Once viewed as a problem strictly associated with body builders, fitness "buffs," and professional athletes, the abuse of steroids is prevalent in today’s society. This is an alarming problem because of increased abuse over the years, and the ready availability of steroids and steroid related products. The problem is widespread throughout society including school-age children, athletes, fitness "buffs," business professionals, etc.
People who use it find that not only is their overall energy level increased, but their ability to pack on lean muscle tissue is enhanced. While steroids can produce an increase in muscle mass faster than HGH injections, the result is inferior.
Steroids work by engorging the existing muscles with fluids. HGH actually encourages the body to create more real muscle tissue and helps to repair damage to existing muscle cells.
There are downsides. HGH Injections are expensive, linked to significant health risks, and are banned by nearly all professional and amateur athletic associations.
This 1997 paper reviews the literature on 3 categories of drugs: those that enhance performance as stimulants (amphetamines, ephedrine, and cocaine), those that are used to reduce tremor and heart rate (beta-blockers) and those involved in bodyweight gain or loss (anabolic-androgenic steroids, growth hormone, beta 2-agonists, and diuretics).
Performance-enhancers are increasingly part of our modern existence, despite our instinct to ban them. So why don't we use them for good? If it brings us closer to curing cancer or solving global warming, we should let scientists and researchers use drugs like Adderall or LSD that boost productivity and creativity.
While human growth hormone has a remarkable ability to generate controversy, exactly what it does for athletes, both good and bad, is as much of a mystery today as when it first found favor as a performance booster during the 1990s.
Enhancements such as doping are illegal in sport – but if all restrictions were lifted, science could push human performance to new extremes.
When athletes lose sight of the meaning of fair competition by taking performance-enhancing substances, they put their future health at risk and compromise their ability to practice sportsmanship.
While anabolic steroids can enhance certain types of performance or appearance, they are dangerous drugs, and when used inappropriately they can cause a host of severe, long-lasting, and in some cases, irreversible negative health consequences.
If you've read Tim Ferriss' books, you know he'll do almost anything to himself in the name of self-improvement. And if you thought he took this too far in The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body, just wait until The 4-Hour Chef, his new guide to the world of rapid learning. Turns out Ferriss has tried nearly every legal (and not) smart drug imaginable, so Wired.com invited him to share what he learned. Just remember: He's not a doctor, we're not doctors, and please don't sue us.
You suddenly feel fantastic. I mean, you know, you need a lot less sleep. You know, you don't need any recuperation time between your sets. And I understood much more clearly why people were loathe to stop them. But, of course, there is a dark side.
What's the difference between steroids and HGH? For starters, we know that a baseball player can beef up on steroids and improve his athletic performance. But most clinical studies suggest that HGH won't help an athlete at all.
“Biological passports” could end abuse of performance-enhancing drugs.
Almost everyone seems to be in agreement that performance-enhancing drugs are a blight on competitive sport. Two major claims underpin the aversion to this use of drugs. The first is that it is cheating. The second is that performance-enhancing drugs threaten the health of athletes.
But is either claim persuasive?
Wow, we all thought that after Lance Armstrong was found guilty of doping this had passed. Sounds like, to the contrary, Lance was just the poor guy who got caught. Perhaps he was pilloried because he was an early doping innovator, at a time when few others lacked access. As a result of his very visible take-down for doping, today's competitors, their coaches and sponsors have clearly become a lot more sophisticated about implementation and cover-ups.
Some pioneering researchers and athletes are working to increase human performance and longevity, but many remain skeptical of their methods.
The logic, if you can call it that, behind banning substances in professional sports is rooted in the same kind of intentions as our 40-plus year war on drugs. Drug policies in professional sports like Major League Baseball are cheered on by proponents in the name of “keeping the sport pure,” just like drug warriors petitioned for harsher drug laws in hopes of a “drug free society.” But there has never been a drug-free society — ever — and like most professional sports, Major League Baseball has never been “pure.”
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Types of Performance Enhancing Drugs Includ
-Human Growth Hormone (HGH)