Dunks, Doubles, Doping: How Steroids Are Killing American Athletics

Dunks, Doubles, Doping: How Steroids Are Killing American Athletics

by Nathan Dr Jendrick


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Steroids have been made out to be the modern plague of the day. The media chastize athletes who use them and sentence users to an early death. Outspoken critics claim there's a laundry list of horrific, irreversible side effects. But the truth, as HBO may have summed up best in their special programming on the subject, is that despite all the smoke, there's no fire. Hardly a spark. In Dunks, Doubles, Doping, Nathan Jendrick offers a researched, unbiased view on anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. The truth is that steroids didn't kill Lyle Alzado, Steve Bechler or Ken Caminiti. The truth is that steroids won't be the cause of death for Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, or Marion Jones—athletes accused of drug use. The one thing that steroids are killing though, is sports. Steroids have ruined the landscape of competition not by their chemical properties, but by the massive hysteria that surrounds them in the media, in gyms and in the stands of stadiums. And it's all in the name of money. Fans are turned off by the scandals and adolescents, who might be the only ones at a real health risk by using steroids, are putting the future of sports on their shoulders, and on the line, by trying to get big unnaturally too early. Dunks, Doubles, Doping includes interviews with top athletes, physicians and personalities while covering and revealing the truth behind steroids and confronting the new horizon of cheating: Gene doping. 3D is a can't-miss if you want the truth behind America's latest sports scandal.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592289028
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2006
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Nathan Jendrick is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Swimming World and American Health and Fitness. He is also an amateur bodybuilder, competitive swimmer, and personal trainer, whose clients have included Megan Quann, the 2000 double-Olympic gold medal winner and world record holder, to whom he is married.

Table of Contents

I. The Other Gear in the Locker Room
1. Real life statistics and truths about steroids
2. Benefits athletes expect from using steroids
3. Side effects, both mental and physical associated with steroid use, from the viewpoint of a professional bodybuilder
4. Methods athletes use from transporting steroids to hiding them
5. Most famous, and most revered substances used in sports and why

II. Ousted Athletes and Public Opinion
6. Athletes who have been caught using steroids and the effect on their careers
7. Correlation between steroid-fueled performances and number of fans in the seats
8. How the Olympic flame fuels the steroid fire

III. How Sports Federations Essentially Allow Doping
9. Failures of random drug testing
10. The bright side of testing
11. Physician opinions on the prevalence of drug testing

IV. It's Not Just Our Fault
12. How steroids are brought into this country and distributed
13. East German Doping Scandal
14. Case Study: China

V. Because Science Can't Win
15. Science is always a step behind the drug-fighting game
16. The BALCO Scandal

VI. Morals Cashed In
17. Graph of paychecks increasing with rise in steroid use
18. How National Governing Bodies fail

VII. The Future in Dire Jeopardy l 19. Rising GDP of sports and how it drives people to perform
20. Gene Doping - changing human DNA for bigger muscles

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