Lance Armstrong: The Fall of a Hero

Guest blog by Professor Phillip Sparling Please see Professor Sparling’s related call to action. Here’s the link – a petition written to Lance Armstrong. I’m grieving.  October 2012 will forever be imprinted in my memory as the month of damning revelations and the demise of Lance Armstrong.  I’m not naïve about the use of drugs […]

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Guest Blog: Peter Brukner on Drugs and the London Olympics

DRUGS AND THE LONDON OLYMPICS A couple of days ago, London 2012 would have been regarded as a drug-free Olympics – that was before shot put gold medalist Nadzeya Ostapchuk (Belarus) tested positive for the anabolic steroid metenolene in samples taken both before and after her London competition. That was the first positive test by a […]

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Designer Bodies: Anabolic steroid use in high schools

By Dr Glen Hagemann Sports Physician and President of the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA)   Last year Discovery Sharksmart  anonymously surveyed 9824 male pupils attending 20 high schools in South Africa regarding various lifestyle behaviours.  One section of the questionnaire related to the use of anabolic steroids, the results of which proved both interesting […]

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Ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport brings consistency, but anti-doping debate will rumble on.

The CAS has ruled that the British Olympic Association cannot exclude dopers who have served their bans from future Olympic teams. The decision pushes Dwain Chambers back into the spotlight. He has kept a low profile over the past few months, although his agent, barrister Siza Agha, has been eloquent on his behalf: “Redemption is […]

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Doping in Professional Cycling: The Lance Armstrong Controversy

The Sports Illustrated article, The Case against Lance Armstrong, is stirring controversy. The in-depth expose details allegations of banned-substance use, and involvement in an organized doping operation. Armstrong is under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a federal grand jury inquiry in Los Angeles. Here are some highlights of the SI report: […]

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Caffeine/Sleeping pills in sport captures national media attention in Australia

On July 5th, a prominent Australian Rules football player suffered an ‘adverse reaction’ to sleeping pills after a game. Drug testing confirmed that the player had not taken any banned drugs and there was no suggestion of that. The media ran stories of players being on a cycle of caffeine ‘uppers’ followed by sleeping pill […]

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E-letter: Question regarding the use of autologous PRP injections for tendinopathies

The following is a letter to BJSM from Ralph S. Bovard MD: Dear BJSM, I have a question regarding the use of autologous platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections for tendinopathies of various sorts.  This procedure has been gaining favor with sports medicine clinicians for use in athletes with tendon injuries that are slow to respond […]

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Book Review: Science and football V: the proceedings of the 5th World Congress on Science and Football

Science and football V: the proceedings of the 5th World Congress on Science and Football. Edited by Thomas Reilly, Jan Cabri and Duarte Araújo. Published by Routledge, 2005, pp 634. ISBN: 978-0-415-48480-0 (paperback); 978-0-415-33337-5 (hardback); 978-0-203-41299-2 (electronic) Target: Football elite and sub-elite sport science support Appeal: Broad coverage necessary components sport science. As a sports […]

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Book Review: Martindale’s Drugs Restricted in Sport

Martindale’s Drugs Restricted in Sport, Pocket Companion, 2008 Sean C. Sweetman (editor) Publisher: Pharmaceutical Press, 2008 ISBN 978-0-85369-825-8 416 pages “Martindale’s Drugs Restricted in Sport” is unique in its kind. It is the first pharmacopia that lists all the drugs that are on the WADA list of prohibited substances, drawing on the wealth of information […]

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