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Narcotic Analgesics

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Narcotic Analgesics
So why do sportsman use this drug.
Imagine if you could train through the regular strains and soreness which you pick up in your rigorous daily training routine. Imagine if you only had to take a week off from sport as you could take some Narcotic analgesics instead of the three weeks which you may have needed for the injury to recover properly.
In other words it may enable a sportsman to train or even play through injury.
What type of Athletes in particular use Narcotic Analgesics???
Although it is less common for athletes to test positive for this type of drug than say Anabolic agents it is commonly used in the following athletes:
A performer who is carrying or just coming back from injury.
A performer who is required to compete at his highest level all year round without a break.
A performer that sport has an extreemly short season and it is a financial necessity to get them on the pitch.
The key danger with Narcotic Analgesics.
Conclusion:
Introduction:
Some sportspeople try to gain an advantage by using performance-enhancing drugs. This is known as doping. Many performance-enhancing drugs are banned by sports' governing bodies. There are 5 'doping classes', which are categories of banned drugs:
The one i will look at is Narcotic analgesics.
Are they dangerous and what are the side effects???
These substances are
highly addictive
, cause loss of concentration, balance and co-ordination, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting, constipation, fainting and comas, and are easily detectable if tested within three months of having been taken.
What are they??? -in depth
Narcotic agents are potent analgesics which are effective for the relief of severe pain. Analgesics are selective central nervous system depressants used to relieve pain. The term analgesic means "without pain". Even in therapeutic doses, narcotic analgesics can cause respiratory depression, nausea, and drowsiness. Long term administration produces tolerance, psychic, and physical dependence called addiction.

Narcotic Analgesics: Morphine, Methadone, Heroin and Pethidine are the strongest known painkillers.
Their use increases the pain threshold enabling an athlete to compete and train longer / harder, and reduces or eliminates pain to compete despite injury or illness.

These substances are highly addictive, cause loss of concentration, balance and co-ordination, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting, constipation, fainting and comas, and are easily detectable if tested within three months of having been taken.

Bibliography:
bikepure.org
Medicinenet.com
health.howstuffworks.com
www.bbc.co.uk
sportingbody.edublogs.org
www.globaldro.com
news.bbc.co.uk
What are they?
The strongest form of painkillers.

Examples include:
Morphine, methadone, heroin, pethidine.

Why would sportsmen take them?
Increases pain threshold so you can compete
and train for longer and harder. Reduces or eliminates pain so can you compete despite injury or illness.

Side effects can include:
Highly addictive. Can cause loss of concentration, balance and co-ordination, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting, constipation, fainting and comas.

Chances of being caught:
If tested within three months of taking them, high.

Examples:
Randy Grimes is an ex NFL player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1983 to 1992. Throughout his career he has struggled with injury and then his addiction to painkillers (under the band of narcotic analgesics). In this short interview Randy talks about his struggle with painkillers, He has since been to rehab at the Palm Beaches Inc. and has stated that ‘it has saved his life’.
Another sport which has been connected to drugs, is cycling, and in particular the Tour de France. For years many people have believed that a lot of the cyclists in that take part in the Tour de France fill their bodies with drugs including painkillers (also known as narcotic analgesics), as many amateur athletes believe that it is impossible what the professionals do.
Another specific example from athletics:
Ambesse Tolosa is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, who specializes in the marathon race.

Tolosa tested positive for banned substances in February 2008 and received a two-year ban from competitive athletics.
The substance that was present in his system (morphine) was not a performance-enhancing drug and Tolosa said that he did not know how it had got into his body, but the IAAF rules stated that athletes received bans regardless of intent.
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