Drugs, Athletes, and Physical Performance

  • John A. Thomas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages iii-xvii
  2. Suzanne Barone
    Pages 1-9
  3. Howard D. Colby, Penelope A. Longhurst
    Pages 11-30
  4. Charles R. Craig
    Pages 41-51
  5. Michael J. Glade, Paula H. Stern
    Pages 53-71
  6. Donald B. Hoover
    Pages 73-89
  7. Edward J. Keenan
    Pages 91-103
  8. Edward T. Knych
    Pages 105-117
  9. Michael P. McLane, David L. Horwitz
    Pages 119-140
  10. Nancy A. Nuzzo, Donald P. Waller
    Pages 141-167
  11. Marc Salit
    Pages 169-179
  12. Carol Grace Smith, Raymond A. Dombroski
    Pages 181-197
  13. Michael J. Thomas, John A. Thomas
    Pages 199-216
  14. Galen R. Wenger
    Pages 217-234
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 235-237

About this book


The use of performance-enhancing substances by athletes is not a contemporary epi­ demic. In fact, athletes purportedly resorted to such measures over 2000 years ago. Even at the ancient olympic games, athletes employed special diets and concoctions to enhance their performance. In ancient Rome and ancient Egypt, gladiators and athletes ingested various potions in order to improve their physical endurance. In most in­ stances, such early examples of substance abuse by athletes involved relatively in­ nocuous chemicals, and one might presume that any enhanced performance could be attributed largely to a placebo effect. Nowadays, aside from the ethical issues, these performance-enhancing substances are far more potent and hence toxic to the body. The many performance-enhancing chemicals, drugs, and hormones exert a variety of complex pharmacological actions, but all are meant in some fashion to improve phys­ ical ability. Their pharmacological effects ranges from imprOVed muscle strength, as in the case of anabolic steroids and growth hormone, to central nervous system stimula­ tion, as in the case of caffeine or amphetamine. Analgesics or other pain-killing drugs may also be used to suppress an existing injury in order that the athlete may compete.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John A. Thomas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyUniversity of Texas Health Science CenterSan AntonioUSA

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