Dope: A History of Performance Enhancement in Sports from the Nineteenth Century to Today

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Since the dawn of athletic competition during the original Olympic Games in Ancient Greece, athletes, as well as their coaches and trainers, have been finding innovative ways to gain an edge on their competition. Some of those performance-enhancement methods have been within the accepted rules while other methods skirt the gray area between being within the rules and not, while still other methods break the established rules. In modern times, doping - the use of performance-enhancing drugs - has been one method athletes and their trainers have used to beat their competition. The history of sports doping during the modern era can be traced through the events and scandals of the times in which the athletes lived. From the use of amphetamines and other stimulants in the early 20th century, to the use of testosterone and steroids by both the USSR and the United States during Cold War-era Olympics games, to blood doping and EPO, to designer drugs, the history of doping in sports closely follows the medical and technological advances of our times. In the early 21st century, the possibility of genetically engineered athletes looms. The story of doping in sports over the last century offers clues to where the battle over performance enhancement will be fought in the years to come.

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"He corrects inaccurate stories about doping deaths in cycling and offers very current detailed developments in the Floyd Landis case. He explains difficult and changing drug detection methods and results. …Recommended. Larger university coaching and sports medicine collections supporting lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers."



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313345203
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

DANIEL M. ROSEN is a graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Since 1982, he has worked as a photojournalist, technical writer, multimedia developer, and instructional designer. In his spare time, Rosen publishes "Rant Your Head Off," (, a blog which covers a number of issues, including various sports doping scandals. He is an avid cyclist.

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Table of Contents

1 The Early History of Performance Enhancement Drugs, 1860-1959 1

2 The Beginnings of Modern Doping, 1960-1969 22

3 The Rise of East German Athletics and Other Tales of Doping, 1970-1979 40

4 Blood Doping, EPO, and Human Growth Hormone, 1980-1989 58

5 An Explosion of Doping Cases and the Rise of Custom-Tailored Drugs, 1990-1999 79

6 Is Everyone Doping? 2000-Present 116

7 Future Perfect: Genetically Modified Athletes? 191

Afterword 199

Timeline 201

Notes 215

Index 239

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  • Posted October 21, 2008

    Must read for anyone interested in the Olympics or athletics

    Dope provides a complete and engaging look at the role doping has played in sports over the years. Until very recently, most governing organizations and governments actively encouraged doping amongst its athletes. As pressure mounted, these organizations served platitudes but turned a blind eye to the actions of its athletes and coaches thus tacitly endorsing the practice. Finally in recent years, we are seeing the beginning of a real culture shift. We have come a long way in just a short time.<BR/><BR/>Mr. Rosen covers all sports from Olympic to US professional sports providing detailed information on the BALCO scandal. There is just enough science to understand the narrative but the author is able to steer clear of sounding like a medical textbook.<BR/><BR/>Given the backdrop of the current Olympic Games and some of the stories surrounding mysterious changing passports and other suspicious activities this book could not be better timed.<BR/><BR/>Instead of leaving the reader suspicious of any athletic accomplishment, Mr. Rosen leaves us hopeful that a clean sport is quickly descending on most athletic fields.

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