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Blood Doping

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Ben Singer

on 14 January 2013

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Transcript of Blood Doping

Blood Doping What is it Health Risks Personal Assessment Performance enhancing technique used by athletes to increase aerobic and endurance performances
Two basic methods: Autologous and homologous transfusions
Banned by the IOC in 1985 How it works and improves performance
Harvests blood long before event
Body produces more red blood cells
Increased levels of oxygen reaching muscles
Introduce frozen supply of red blood cells =>higher concentration of oxygen in the blood => muscles will not fatigue as fast
Various blood-borne diseases
Rejection of blood if wrong type
Rupture of the vessels
Chance of anemia Very effective method
With proper care, most health risks can be disregarded
1984 summer Olympics
US Olympic cycling won a total of 9 medals (4 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze); one third of team partook in blood doping
This was their first medal success since the 1912 Olympics
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