It has long been an open secret that many performers in the entertainment industry take, or are widely presumed to take, anabolic steroids and human growth hormone (hGH), along with their "recreational" drugs like cocaine and marijuana. No one should be surprised that performers whose careers require taut skin and well-defined muscles would use PIED's (performance- and … [Read more...] about Entertainment on Steroids (Part 1)
Is it possible to detoxify a major sport in the Age of Doping? Any realistic response to that question must acknowledge that “cleaning up” a sport has two dimensions: (1) preventing performance-enhancing drug (PED) use by athletes, and (2) convincing the sporting public that everything possible is being done to achieve this result and that real progress is being made. There is, … [Read more...] about Surviving the Tour: Can Cycling Be Saved?
While athletes who dope are usually expected to feel guilt pangs, the exception to this rule is when an observer concludes that dopers in general, or a particular doper, may not have consciences at all. In 2010 Dick Pound, who served as president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) from 2000 until 2007, called doping athletes “sociopathic cheats [who] deserve to be dealt … [Read more...] about The Repentant Doper: Do Drug-Taking Athletes Feel Guilt? (Part 2)
Experimentation with chemical substances for the purpose of boosting athletic performance dates from the last decades of the nineteenth century. Ethical disapproval in sports circles of what came to be called “doping” dates from the 1920s. Societal disapproval of athletic doping on a larger scale has developed slowly over the past half-century, along with the global doping … [Read more...] about The Repentant Doper: Do Doped Athletes Feel Guilty? (Part 1)
The overwhelming success of Kenyan distance runners over the past twenty-five years has stimulated a great deal of speculation about the origins of their remarkable performances. Living at high altitude, adolescent circumcision rituals, a legacy of cattle raiding, training up and down hills, body structure (including “bird-like legs”) – these and other potential explanatory … [Read more...] about The End of a Myth: Doping Comes to Kenya
Weightlifting Convicts as a Threat to SocietyOne of the less visible contests between policemen and criminals occurs in an indirect fashion in station houses and prisons. This contest takes the form of weightlifting, of “working out,” and although the law-enforcers have the better equipment, the sheer ingenuity of the weight-lifting law-breakers makes it a fair competition, … [Read more...] about “He’s Pumping. Are You?”