Blood Doping, By the U.S Track Team

Is blood doping really a serious problem in the sport?

Some Terms To Know Before You Move On

Reading a paragraph mostly consisting of words you don't understand wouldn't be interesting, so here are some of the most confusing terms that will pop up further in the page.

Strychnine - Strychnine is a highly toxic, colorless, bitter crystalline alkaloid used as a pesticide, particularly for killing small vertebrates such as birds and rodents

Ergogenic aids - External influences that enhance athletic ability or facilitate physical exercise.

Recombinant erythropoietin - External influences that enhance athletic ability or facilitate physical exercise.

Ephedrine - Drug used to improve breathing, used to treat low blood pressure caused by other medicines.

Why Blood Dope?

Why would an athlete consider blood doping? Blood doping increases the amount of red blood cells in the body, which bolsters endurance. Red blood cells carry oxygen through the body and help you keep your breath when engaging in strenuous physical activity. High endurance is extremely important for runners, and can greatly influence a runner’s performance. It’s better if a runner can keep going at a faster pace for a longer time. Many people would rather take a short and easy path, then to work hard to achieve a goal. Instead of training with conventional means, which can take a long time. Blood doping will improve your physical performance nearly instantaneously.

Should Blood Doping/Boosting Be Legal?

Before a person should consider the legality of blood boosting in track here are some aspects of methods of blood boosting. Sleeping in altitude chambers Sudden altitude changes could have negative effects for you health but it will also improve the player speed in the long run. Sleep high, train low the athletes are not drugging themselves, or using outside means. they are still training naturally .Repo should be considered in an argument against blood doping it’s technically drugging yourself. these are all the side effects of blood doping/blood boosting the formation of blood clots,overload of the circulatory system,kidney damage from allergic reactions and transmission of infectious diseases like HIV.

Our Stance On Doping

The budget for drug testing at the Olympic Games is astronomically high, estimated to be around 2 million dollars at the 1988 Seoul Games. These were the same games that Ben Johnson had doped in, to achieve a new word record in the 100m mens dash. It was found that Johnson had been doping, and he had his medal revoked and given to Carl Lewis. In these same games, out of 8400 contestants, only 10 were banned for failing the drug test. We believe that drug testing should obviously remain mandatory, but the Olympic committee should find a way to lower the costs of the testing. We believe it is unnecessary to spend that much on testing when only a small fraction of contestants are actually abusing substances.