Drugs, Sport, and Politics

Drugs, Sport, and Politics

by Voy, Kirk Deeter
     
 

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Drugs, Sport, and Politics gives you an insider's look at the problem of drug use in the pursuit of athletic gold. Author Dr. Robert Voy served for five years as the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Sports Medicine and Science for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). During that time, he discovered a dark, ugly side of the Olympic experience--one where

Overview

Drugs, Sport, and Politics gives you an insider's look at the problem of drug use in the pursuit of athletic gold. Author Dr. Robert Voy served for five years as the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Sports Medicine and Science for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). During that time, he discovered a dark, ugly side of the Olympic experience--one where athletes will do whatever it takes to win.

Voy's personal account tells you

  • what drugs are being used and who's using them,
  • why present methods of drug testing don't work,
  • which officials and organizations may have covered up positive drug tests, and
  • how the USOC can help to solve the problem of drugs in sport.

Drugs, Sport, and Politics is fascinating reading for athletes, coaches, and spectators alike!


About the Author:
Dr. Robert Voy earned his MD in 1964 from the University of Oregon. In 1984 he was lured from his private family practice by the opportunity to become the Chief Medical Officer for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). In 1985, he also took on the responsibilities of Director of Sports Medicine and Science. And in 1989 he walked away from the USOC. Drugs, Sport, and Politics is based on his experiences and frustrations during his USOC years.

Voy has served as a team physician since 1967 for high school, college, professional, and Olympic athletes. Since 1985 he has become a prominent speaker on the subject of drug use and sport. He has also served on the President's Commission for a Drug-Free America and on the U.S. Amateur Boxing Federation Medical Commission. Dr. Voy and his wife Ann have three grown children and live in Las Vegas.

KirkDeeter is a sportswriter in metropolitan Philadelphia.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Voy was Chief Medical Officer for the United States Olympic Committee during the 1988 Games at Seoul (he has since resigned) when Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was stripped of his gold medal for using an anabolic-androgenic steroid. Voy blames such incidents on the emphasis placed on winning at any cost cost by governments, corporate sponsors, and coaches, and the laxness of drug-testing policies and standards. Voy provides a readable source of information on the dangers of drugs and their use to enhance sports performance. Among the damaging side effects are liver damage (steroids), heart failure (cocaine), paranoia (speed), diabetes (human growth hormone), and stroke (blood doping). The underground supply of these drugs makes them easily obtainable. Voy also makes recommendations for enhancing the U.S. amateur athletic program. For coaches, young athletes and their parents, and athletes of all ages.-- Susan L. Patton, Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville
Booknews
An inside look at the problem of drug use in athletics by Voy, for five years the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Sports Medicine and Science for the US Olympic Committee. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880114097
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)

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