Performance Enhancing Drugs/Practices in Sports
Athletic Performance: Blood
Boosting in Sports, Peters,
J.S, College of Charleston, Dept. of Biology
this problem, students to learn about cellular aerobic and anaerobic
along with physiological systems that support metabolic processes (i.e.
respiratory and circulatory systems). Students do this in
the context of exploring
how blood boosting practices can affect athletic performance by
knowledge about biological energetics at the molecular, cellular and
Generation Cheating" Zorpette, Glenn. Current Issues in Biology.
Scientific American, Inc. September 2004. 64-75.
This article details the abuse of
performance enhancing drugs. It
focuses on the newer drugs that are harder to detect. Most of these
drugs have yet to be identified, so there is not a test for them yet.
The article also explains the use of testosterone as a muscle builder
and it details blood doping, what is is and how it is abused.
Scientists are concerned that molecular advances are going to make
these abuses easier to use and harder to detect. This article is
followed by a short quiz and critical thinking questions.
Scandal". Men's Health.
The third American ever to win
the Tour de France, Floyd Landis,
was faced with questions of cheating due to his higher-than-allowed
ratio of testosterone to epi-testosterone in a unine analysis. He
will go up against a panel during winter 2006-07 and if found guilty
could be banned from top-level competition for four years. Some
assert that the true cheaters do not get caught because they spend more
money on more effective methods of cheating. One doctor is
documented in helping a cyclist evade drug tests using blood
surpised, upset by
"Lance Armstrong said Thursday he was
upset by remarks from fellow
American Tour de France champion Greg LeMond regarding Armstrong's
association with an Italian doctor linked to drug use in sports."
"Let them take dope
them tell" Gifford,
The author takes the stance that
performance-enhancing drugs should be
legalized. However, at the end of the article, the author comes
full-circle asserting that the public does not wish to watch a
pharmaceutical race, rather natural athletes are much more
entertaining. Without the public's support, the sport would not
continue to make money and would not exist. Therefore, these
enhancing drugs should not be legalized.