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Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat: The Science Behind Drugs in Sport

Run Swim Throw Cheat The Science Behind Drugs in Sport In the Summer Olympics we will see athletes do extraordinary things In most cases their achievements can be attributed to hard work and natural talent But some will take drugs to enhance their

  • Title: Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat: The Science Behind Drugs in Sport
  • Author: Chris Cooper
  • ISBN: 9780199581467
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the 2012 Summer Olympics, we will see athletes do extraordinary things In most cases, their achievements can be attributed to hard work and natural talent But some will take drugs to enhance their performance Written by top biochemist Chris Cooper, Run, Swim, Throw, CHEAT explains how people have cheated in the past, how they cheat now, and how they will cheat in theIn the 2012 Summer Olympics, we will see athletes do extraordinary things In most cases, their achievements can be attributed to hard work and natural talent But some will take drugs to enhance their performance Written by top biochemist Chris Cooper, Run, Swim, Throw, CHEAT explains how people have cheated in the past, how they cheat now, and how they will cheat in the future.From anabolic steroids to human growth hormone and the blood booster EPO, Cooper separates the truth from the hype, revealing what works and what doesn t work More disturbing, the book argues that science has barely touched the surface of performance enhancement there are many, many drugs yet to be discovered Future developments are limited only by our imagination, research funding, and, of course, ethics Moreover, recent findings of genetic enhancements on animals show it is possible to create super animals that far outperform their peers, suggesting that the top human athletes of the future may get there via gene manipulation Cooper also argues that drug testing is of necessity imperfect and the rules arbitrary And it cannot succeed, as it will always fight a losing battle between doper and tester But the alternative free access to all chemical tools is not necessarily desirable Just because a war cannot be won, does not mean that surrendering will lead to better sport.Cooper concludes that the problem of drugs in sports mirrors the problem of drugs in society we may not like them, we may rage against them, but they are here to stay No one should think there will ever be a time when athletes can be completely prevented from using chemistry to enhance their sports performance.

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    1. “To summarise: the inhibition of an inhibitor leads to the activation of an inhibitor of an inhibitory pathway. This is the point where most people might be tempted to give up on biochemistry!”- Chris Cooper, "Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat"Studying the effects of PEDs over the past 20 years, biochemist Chris Cooper provides an accessible analysis of the science of how sports doping works along with an objective view of the ethical, political and moral issues involved in their use. The first part o [...]

    2. Bastante informação, mas ficou devendo em muita coisa. O começo do livro é cheio de "poderia ser assim, quem sabe é" e induções de conclusões para as quais o autor dá pouca ou nenhuma evidência. Além disso, a narração do audiolivro tem várias pronuncias estranhas ou erradas de termos técnicos.

    3. I sought this book in the hope to understand the anti-doping system in the world of sports since I had an internship in one of the laboratories that specialises in the field.Chris cooper truly knows how to deliver the complex science behind the doping and the anti-doping efforts in words that anyone can understand. The book went deep enough in the subject to please the simply interested and the expert.One of the great strength of the book is that no concept is given without multiple examples tha [...]

    4. If you ever wondered about the likelihood of Chris Froom using the gene doping or the reasons for Lens Armstrong doping empire not being discovered earlier, this book gives very clearly written scientific explanations conveniently adopted for layman in medical sciences. As an experimental physicist myself, I've found the chapter about different methods and techniques of blood analysis in particular fascinating and as a avid cyclist, the breakdown of the caffeine effect on the human performance w [...]

    5. Editorial gaffes abound (couldn't they bother correcting all the "with regard toS" and typos?), but this book offers a fine, circa-2012 survey of the "state of the art" in approaches to performance enhancement. Key takeaways: we know that caffeine, EPO, and most steroids work wonders; growth hormone's value is still unclear; various performance-enhancing genes have been identified but gene doping remains in its infancy; and much of your future success depends largely on who your parents were. Co [...]

    6. This was a fascinating of how elite athletes cheat from a scientist. I think the most sad part was how many of these methods have so little science and testing behind them, and how these athletes are damaging their bodies for very little likelihood of improved performance. It also was clear how effective testosterone and steroids are, especially for women. This book was very technical, I felt as I I should get freshman credit for completing the book. However, I appreciated the scientific approac [...]

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