The Physiology Behind Performance-Enhancing Drugs

testosteroneUsing performance-enhancing drugs has become an unfortunate reality in the world of competitive sports.  Even as recently as the 2012 Olympics, an athlete (Nadzeya Ostapchuk) was stripped of her gold medal after scientists found banned chemical agents in her urine.

One has to wonder why talented young men and women would go to such lengths for that slight edge over their competitors.  Perhaps they are unaware of some of the dangerous side effects that can last throughout their lives, and can even affect their offspring.  Research has uncovered multiple side effects that should deter even the most competitive athlete from using performance-enhancing drugs.

Learn the basics of physiology and performance-enhancing drugs or learn the technical physiological details.

Articles by Kirstin Roundy.