Performance Enhancing Drugs For Drugs Essay

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Running head: Performance enhancing drugs 1 9 Performance enhancing drugs Performance Enhancing Drugs ? Draft Thomas J. McCarthy Grand Canyon University: PCN-527 November 2, 2016 Performance Enhancing Drugs The role of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) can be found as far back as 776BC ? 393BC in the original Olympic Games. (Drug Use in Sports - Historical Timeline, 2013) Even back then, the athletes vied for huge cash prizes, as well as having the honor of wearing the olive wreath. These athletes ate meat, which was not a normal staple back then, as well as herbal medications, including hallucinogens, in an effort to boost their performances. In 100AD, Roman gladiators used stimulants and hallucinogens to avoid fatigue and possible injuries. Even during the Modern Olympic Games in 1904-1920, athletes were using PEDs, made up of a mixture of brandy and strychnine (a stimulant). In fact, one marathon runner nearly died from such a concoction. Other mixtures, besides strychnine, included the use of heroin, cocaine, and caffeine; until heroin and cocaine were only available in prescriptions in the 1920s. So, in 1928, the International Association of Athletics Foundation (IAAF), the ruling body of track and field, became the first organization to prohibit ?doping? by athletes. On a side note, the term doping was attributed to the Dutch word ?doop?, which is an opium juice. Amphetamines were also used during WWII to combat fatigue in soldiers,
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