Performance Enhancing Drugs

Everything you should know about PED's

The History

PED's have been around for a lot longer then most people relize. For example the ancient Greeks would have special diets and stimulating potions to fortify themselves, and in the early 19th century cyclist used alcohol and cocaine to improve their performance. It was only in 1928 that the IAAF (athletics) became the first International Sport Federation (IF) to ban doping. This proved to be ineffective because no test were performed.

PED's became increasingly popular through out the 30's – 50's. It was only in the 1960 Olympic Games when Knud Enemark died that we realized this was becoming a problem. So in 1966 UCI (cycling) and FIFA (football) were among the first IFs to introduce doping tests in their respective World Championships. And drug tests were first introduced at the Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble and at the Olympic Games in Mexico in 1968.

The Athlete

Lyle Alzado would consider himself the perfect example of why you shouldn't use steroids. He played for the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Raiders. He was twice named All-Pro and compiled 97 sacks in 196 games. He was also known for being aggressive and giant at 6'3 and 254 pounds. But like most athletes he thought the only way to have a career was to use PED's. He started using anabolic steroids which are a steroids that increase testosterone.

In 1991 Alzado was diagnosed with a rare type of brain cancer which he swore was caused by the PED's. May 14, 1992 at his home in Portland, Ore. The official cause of death was complications from brain cancer.

Types of PED's

  • Anabolic steroids
  • Tetrahydrogestrinone
  • Human growth hormone (HGH)
  • Androstenedione
  • Erythropoietin
  • Stimulants

The Math

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