Doping Is Rampant at the Olympics. Here’s Why.

February 14, 2018

(Vox) – There’s a common misconception that athletes dope to move faster or become stronger. “Sure, there’s some of that,” said Herman Pontzer, an associate professor at Hunter College who studies energetics. “But what athletes really go for, and what they usually get banned for, are drugs that fool their bodies to keep them from shutting down in the face of over-training.” After a certain amount of exertion, our brains send our tired arms and legs signals that cause them to exert less or switch off.

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