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Monday 15, Feb 2010

  New anti-doping technique to prevent doping in sports

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New anti-doping technique to prevent doping in sportsA new technique that can help anti-doping officials to identify cheating in sporting events has been developed by scientists from Imperial College London and the University of Nottingham.

This finding was disclosed in a research published in the journal Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.

The technique has the potential of identifying the presence of naturally occurring and synthetically manufactured steroids in the human body.

Friday 17, Jul 2009

  The snowball effect of steroids in later life

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The snowball effect of steroids in later lifeAnabolic – Androgenic steroids or AAS was found to be highly related to specific musculo-skeletal injuries, according to Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. A confidential survey was sent to a group of retired NFL members regarding health issues and problems they encountered after their retirement. Respondents’ average age is at 54 years and their average playing career is at 6.6 years.

Some of the questions included the use of AAS, and 9.1% of them confessed to using this performance – enhancing steroids.They reportedly had higher incidence of joint ligament and cartilage injuries rather than actual injuries to the muscle itself. Some of these injuries include knee ligaments and menisci injuries, herniated spinal disks, elbow injuries, neck “stinger” and “burner” injuries and injuries to the ankle, foot and toes. No injuries like biceps or triceps tear were reported.This, according to senior author, professor and research director at the University of North Carolina, Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC may lead to other chronic diseases among which include osteoarthritis, obesity, physical inactivity, alcohol abuse and even depression in later life.

More data, however, are needed to establish the link between steroids and muskulo-skleletal related injuries since the study proves to have some limitations to it.

Saturday 23, May 2009

  Baseball Batters can attain dramatic home run results with steroids

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Baseball Batters can attain dramatic home run results with steroidsAccording to a study by Tufts University physicist Roger Tobin, usage of steroids by a baseball slugger offers a distinctive ability to boost home run production by as much as 50 percent. Steroids’ usage may, however, produce only modest enhancements in muscle mass and bat-and-ball speed.

Tobin, who is presently working in the capacity of a specialist in condensed matter physics with a long-time interest in the physics of baseball, remarked that the explosion in home run coincides with the “Steroids Era” in sports. The study was supported by the facts that while Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs in a single season stood for 34 years, players hit more than 60 home runs in a season six times during the period 1998-2006. The fact that there was a drop in the home run surge quickly to historic levels after initiation of drug testing by Major League Baseball also strengthened the claims laid down in Tobin’s findings.

The study has provided definitive answer to the questions surrounding home runs clouded by suspected use of performance-enhancing steroids in the recent times as it was found that the increase in home runs is attributed to a change of only a few percent in the average speed of the batted ball. The change, as much as 50 percent, can reasonably be expected from the usage of steroids by baseball sluggers.