Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Blood Doping 101

http://www.cyclingtips.com.au The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) defines blood doping as “The misuse of certain techniques and/or substances to increase one’s red blood cell mass, which allows the body to transport more O2 to muscles and therefore increase stamina and performance.” At the heart of doping in endurance sports such as cycling, the drug you’ve probably heard most about is EPO. Formally known as erythropoietin, EPO is a hormone that controls red blood cell production. Hemoglobin mass is a key factor for maximal exercise capacity. When EPO is injected into an athlete and used as a performance-enhancing drug, it is classified as an erythropoiesis (red blood cell production) stimulating agent. READ MORE

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