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Study shows 'brain doping' is common in amateur sport

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Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2014 12:25 AM by AlexMuller

Researchers in Germany found that 15% of recreational triathletes admitted to brain doping, using prescription medicines that increase attention. Some 13% of competitors reported using physical enhancers like steroids or human growth hormone. Brain doping is more popular say the scientists, because many of the substances aren't banned.

 

 The research has been published in the journal Plos One.

 
Previous studies have shown that, among amateur competitors, the use of performance-enhancing substances is widespread. This new work used the responses of almost 3,000 triathletes taking part in events in Germany, to analyse the broader picture of physical and cognitive doping.
 
Researchers believe that many so-called "smart drugs" are being widely used to enhance mental functions outside the patients groups they have been designed to help.
 
They are also concerned that competitors in a variety of sports may be using these substances to gain an edge. In the study, participants were asked whether they had used physical or brain-enhancing substances in the past 12 months. Overall, 13% said they had taken drugs like EPO, steroids, or growth hormones.
 
When it came to brain enhancement, 15.1% said they had used products including amphetamines, or medicines like modafinil or methylphenidate. Significantly more men than women admitted to both types of doping.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-19
+2
In sport both muscle condition and mental focus are very important and doping among professionals has been widespread based on recent revelations. It is not surprising that amateurs are doing the same Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-19
+1
The status of cognitive enhancement is different from penalties for physical doping.
Athletes are aware that physical doping is forbidden and drug testing is common.
However the use of cognitive substances is not associated with sanctions and therefore abusing them may seem acceptable. Reply


 

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