Sunday, December 2, 2012

Performance Enhancing Drugs

To athletes, Performance Enhancing Drugs or commonly referred to as "PED's" are anabolic steriods, testosterone, steriod percursors and other banned substances by various athletic control organizations. Yet to others, Performance Enhancing Drugs mean "that little blue pill". And to one of my old friends, a 80 year old skinny guy still going strong, that little blue pill is just useful from keeping him from falling out of bed at night.

Recently in the news, if you are a Pro Football fan, is the discussion between a Chicago Bears player named Marshall and the media. Below is the article from Yahoo! Sports about the latest PED to grace professional athletics:

During Wednesday's Bears media availability, Marshall was asked about Adderall, the stimulant now coming under the league's scrutiny. As Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune notes, he took the conversation in a whole new direction:

"I don't know too much about Adderall," he said. "I know guys, it is such a competitive league, guys try anything just to get that edge. I'm fortunate enough to be blessed with size and some smarts to give me my edge. But some guys, they'll do whatever they can to get an edge. I've heard of some crazy stories. I've heard [of] guys using like Viagra, seriously. Because the blood is supposedly thin, some crazy stuff. So, you know, it's kind of scary with some of these chemicals that are in some of these things so you have to be careful." (Emphasis added.)

Yeah, and we have to be careful what we say here as well. To start, though ... Viagra? Seriously? VIAGRA ON THE FIELD? We'll just make two points. In theory, it's possible to see how Viagra could get your blood all fired up, at least for tackling somebody. And in practice, it doesn't seem like it'd be very difficult to see who's using it, if you get our drift.

All joking aside, for a moment, Viagra's benefits aren't just limited to the bedroom; athletes have found that it assists in blood flow, which helps in getting oxygen around the body faster and aids in endurance. It's been used in cycling (at this point, what drug hasn't?) as riders try to gain every possible edge. Even so, expect Marshall, and pretty much every other NFL player who comes in front of a microphone in the next four days, to get asked about this a lot.

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