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

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

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by Daniel M. Rosen
 

ISBN-10: 0313345201

ISBN-13: 9780313345203

Pub. Date: 06/30/2008

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313345203
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Foreword

Chapter 1 — The Early History of Performance Enhancement Drugs

Chapter 2 — The Beginnings of Modern Doping

Chapter 3 — The Rise of East German Athletics And Other Tales of Doping

Chapter 4 — Blood Doping, EPO and Human Growth Hormone

Chapter 5 — An Explosion of Doping Cases and the Rise of Custom Tailored Drugs

Chapter 6 — Is Everyone Doping?

Chapter 7 Future Perfect: Genetically Modified Athletes?

Afterword

Chapter Notes

Timeline

Index

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Dope: A History of Performance Enhancement in Sports from the Nineteenth Century to Today 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
pelotonjim More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

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.