Pumped: Straight Facts for Athletes about Drugs, Supplements and Training

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Steroids, stimulants, supplements: today's athlete is offered an array of drugs and dietary enhancements to solve every problem from weight to speed.
What's safe? What works? What's a waste of money? "Pumped" offers research-based information. It explains the body basics that every athlete must know for optimum performance. It also offers the reader straight information about drugs and supplements for weight control, muscle building, and endurance training. What an athlete uses ...

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Overview

Steroids, stimulants, supplements: today's athlete is offered an array of drugs and dietary enhancements to solve every problem from weight to speed.
What's safe? What works? What's a waste of money? "Pumped" offers research-based information. It explains the body basics that every athlete must know for optimum performance. It also offers the reader straight information about drugs and supplements for weight control, muscle building, and endurance training. What an athlete uses in the off-training time is important too, and this text covers recreational drugs - from alcohol to speed - how they can seem to help performance, how they hurt, and for how long.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This excellent book is not solely for athletes--anyone who wants to have more energy will benefit. Although the focus is on drugs and supplements, the advice on dieting and explanations of the body's physiology will interest those who would like to be fit. The tone is objective and balanced, and the authors (Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy) explain with great clarity what published research has shown about steroids, hormones, dietary supplements, alcohol, and caffeine. The writing style is lively and fast paced: "Creatine is becoming increasingly popular as a nutritional supplement to prolong exercise tolerance. The problem is that it lasts about 10 seconds." An excellent chapter, "How To Read the Ads," tells the reader how to judge claims critically and evaluate scientific research. The work concludes with a bibliography in which the authors try "to list the best available studies supporting or refuting the effectiveness of various performance-enhancing agents." Highly recommended for public, undergraduate, and medical libraries.--Natalie Kupferberg, Ohio State Univ., Columbus Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393321296
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Kuhn is professor of pharmacology at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Scott Swartzwelder, PhD is a professor of psychiatry at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Wilkie Wilson is professor of prevention science at Duke University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 13
Chapter 1 Optimizing Performance 15
Chapter 2 How to Read the Ads 30
Chapter 3 Warming Up: Drug Basics 39
Chapter 4 Bulking Up/Slimming Down 50
Diuretics
Appetite Suppressants
"Fat-Burning" Drugs
"Fat-Blocking" Drugs
Chapter 5 Building Muscle Mass and Strength 66
Anabolic Steroids
"Natural" Steroids?
Growth Hormone and Its Friends: IGF (Somatomedin), GHB
Clenbuterol
Creatine Phosphate
Insulin and Oral Hypoglycemic Drugs
Chromium Piccolinate
Amino Acid Supplements
Chapter 6 Getting Pumped 102
Cocaine
Amphetamine
Ephedrine (Ma Huang, "Herbal Ecstasy")
Ritalin
Bronchodilators
Decongestants
Caffeine
Blood Doping and EPO
Chapter 7 Chilling Out: Alcohol and Marijuana 129
Chapter 8 Smoking and Chewing: Tobacco 150
Chapter 9 Cooling Down 160
Valium and Other Sedatives
Kava Kava
GHB and GHL
Painkillers
Natural Opiates
Beta Blockers
Prozac and Its Friends
Bibliography 171
Index 181
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