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Episode 46 is entitled “Drug Testing In Sport”.
If you have any interest in sport, you have probably heard mention of drug testing. It is now front and center with the media. It could be professional sports such as the NFL or MLB, or Olympic sports such as track and field and cycling.
But are drugs always performance enhancing? Are all high level athletic performances now simply a case of the best doper wins? And should we be investing millions of dollars for the federal government to examine this?
Today’s special guest is Marshall Burt, a track coach in Austin, Texas. He is the head of the Elite Training Group Track Club. Burt has done a great deal of literature review and research on drug testing, and frankly has what may be considered some rather provocative perspectives on the drug testing world.
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Episode 46 Notes: Drug Testing In Sport
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Today's episode 46 is entitled "Drug Testing In Sport".
This has become a rather hot topic lately with all of the furor that has surrounded Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and now Lance Armstrong. We have watched the federal government sink millions of dollars into investigations. In the Barry Bonds case, it is conservatively estimated that the case cost the federal government over $6 million dollars. What was the return on that investment? One charge of obstruction of justice. Roger Clemens was just acquitted of allegations that he lied to Congress. Oh, and there is the tale of Lance Armstrong, who has been hounded by allegations for at least 16 years and faces new USADA charges as I speak.
Gone are the days of Roger Bannister breaking the 4 minute mile. Back then, an epic human performance was seen as just that - an epic human performance. Now, it seems that those involved in sport - and those that view it from the sidelines - have become more than just a little cynical about the whole drug testing issue. Any time that an athlete puts up an incredible performance, or breaks a record, it is immediately viewed as being assisted by performance-enhancing drugs. That, listeners, is a sad state of affairs.
My guest for today's episode 46 of Consumer's Guide To Health is Marshall Burt, a track coach in Austin, Texas. He is the head of the Elite Training Group Track Club, which you can find online at theetgtrackclub.com. Burt has done a great deal of literature review and research on drug testing, and frankly has what may be considered some rather provocative perspectives on the drug testing world. Thanks for joining us, Marshall.
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Allan Besselink, PT, Dip.MDT has a unique voice in the world of sport and health care, one that has been defined by his experiences as physiotherapist, mentor, McKenzie practitioner, coach, innovator, author, educator, patient, and athlete. Read more about Allan, contact him, get updates via email, or connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.