Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat: The science behind drugs in sport

Hardcover | April 22, 2012

byChris Cooper

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Drugs in sport are big news and the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport is common. Here, Chris Cooper, a top biochemist at the University of Essex, looks at the science behind drugs in sport. Using the performance of top athletes, Cooper begins by outlining the limits of humanperformance. Showing the basic problems of human biochemistry, physiology, and anatomy, he looks at what stops us running faster, throwing longer, or jumping higher. Using these evidence-based arguments he shows what the body can, and cannot, do. There is much curiosity about why certain substancesare used, how they are detected, and whether they truly have an effect on the body. Cooper explains how these drugs work and the challenges of testing for them, putting in to context whether the "doping" methods of choice are worth the risk or the effort. Exploring the moral, political, and ethical issues involved in controlling drug use, Cooper addresses questions such as "What is cheating?", "What compounds are legal and why?", "Why do the classification systems change all the time?", and "Should all chemicals be legal, and what effect would thishave on sport?". Looking forward, he examines the recent work to study the physical limitations of rat and mice behaviour. He shows that, remarkably, simple genetic experiments producing "supermice" suggest that there may be ways of improving human performance too, raising ethical and moralquestions for the future of sport.

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Drugs in sport are big news and the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport is common. Here, Chris Cooper, a top biochemist at the University of Essex, looks at the science behind drugs in sport. Using the performance of top athletes, Cooper begins by outlining the limits of humanperformance. Showing the basic problems of human bio...

Chris Cooper is a distinguished biochemist with over 20 years research and teaching experience. He was awarded a PhD in 1989, a Medical Research Council Fellowship in 1992, and a Wellcome Trust University Award in 1995. In 1997 he was awarded the Melvin H. Knisely Award for "Outstanding international achievements in research related to...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:April 22, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199581467

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Prologue: A tale of two races1. Introduction2. The limits of human performance3. Stoking the fires of life: food4. Stoking the fires of life: oxygen5. Muscling up6. Steroids and beyond...7. Stimulants8. Genetic doping9. Catching the cheats: why?10. Catching the cheats: how?11. Conclusions