Saturday, November 22, 2008

Viagra.. A Performance Enhancer ?.. No Not The Kind You Are Thinking Of!
By way of the NYT, New Suspect in Sports Doping Is, No Joke, Viagra

SCRANTON, Pa. — When George Downey and other lacrosse players at Marywood University volunteered to take Viagra for a study, he received a snickering nickname from his high school coach. His parents jokingly told their friends. Inquiring minds sent messages to his Facebook page.
They’re making fun of me,” Mr. Downey, 19, said good-naturedly. “Deep down, I think they’re looking for tips.”
Except that the Marywood study does not involve the bedroom, but the playing field. It is being financed by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which is investigating whether the diamond-shaped blue pills create an unfair competitive advantage in dilating an athlete’s blood vessels and unduly increasing oxygen-carrying capacity. If so, the agency could ban the drug.
I have to admit, I did not think of the possible use of Viagra to enhance the performance of athletes, given that it dilates the blood vessels and may increase the oxygen - carrying capacity of the blood.
There are interesting points in the article about how Viagra may offer an advantage not at sea level but at an altitude, it brings to mind the Tour de France.
Either ways should be interesting.. Stay tuned.

13 comments:

Clay Bowler said...

Could this be the secret Lance Armstrong has hid from the French? :)

Lotus Reads said...

Interesting! I cannot wait to see what they find out.

Sanjay said...

Clay, you may have a point. lol. Thanks for stopping by!

Sanjay said...

Hey Lotus..How are you? I know exactly what you mean. I thought the part of the article that mentioned that Viagra may help at a higher altitude as opposed to sea level to be intriguing.
I await the results too!
Thank you for your comment and have a great Sunday!

starry nights said...

interesting.Can't wait for the results of the study.

Sanjay said...

Hey Starry, how are you? I agree!

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