September 1, 2014

Swimmers Must Compete Naked, Swimsuits Give Unfair Advantage

Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your preference) we have not reached the level of absurdity where everything that may offer an unfair advantage is banned in sports competition. The latest culprit in offering an unfair advantage is not any type of designer anabolic steroid created by a rogue chemist in a secret underground lab. It is a new Speedo swimsuit (“The suit that’s turned the swim world on its head,” March 27).

The new swimsuit? Speedo’s LZR Racer.

That modest meet last month in Columbia, Mo., began an unprecedented — and controversial — six weeks that turned competitive swimming upside down: 14 world records set as of Wednesday, 13 in the LZR suit. [Read more...]

Doping for Eggheads is Good, Doping for Athletes is Bad

While the controversy and debate over the use of anabolic steroids and growth hormone in sports continues, little attention is paid to the use of Adderall and Provigil in academia. Cycling Fans Anonymous discusses an interesting article that appeared in the New York Times earlier this month.

Doping in academia is common, with Provigil and Adderall being the drugs of choice amongst professors and students at university. Apparently these drugs make it possible to concentrate without getting distracted for long periods of time, and to never get sleepy when pulling an all-nighter.

The New York Times compares doping in sports to doping in academia [Read more...]

Steroid Debate Video For Steroid Use in Sports

Here are the video clips of panelists in the steroid debate that argue for the use of anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs in competitive sports i.e. Norm Fost, Julian Savulescu and Radley Balko. The video of panelists arguing against the motion, Dick Pound, Dale Murphy, George Michaels is available here. [Read more...]

Steroid Debate Video Against Steroid Use in Sports

Last week, I told you about a fascinating debate where panelists argued for and against the motion “We should accept performance enhancing drugs in competitive sports.” Although I thought the panel against the motion was outmatched by Norm Fost, Julian Savulescu and Radley Balko, it was still a very interesting debate. Now video and audio of the debate is available. [Read more...]