This week seven-time
The USADA says they have at least 10 witnesses who claim to have seen him engaging in blood doping. Cyclist
Armstrong has been a venerated athlete. Not only did he dominate the world competition in a sport which Europe specializes in but he has been a powerful role model. He survived
For the last 40 years I have encouraged athletes to utilize their high profile to trigger imitative behavior, especially with adolescents. I have seen the impact that
Adolescents confront the temptation to use performance enhancing substances on a daily basis. High school athletes are urged to be "bigger, stronger and faster." They are inherently competitive and focused on short-term performance, not long-term health.
Other young men get addicted to the weight room experience and the desire to remake their bodies. Both groups can turn to
In the 80s in the
The problem with supplements that are sold to enhance body building and performance in nutrition and vitamin stores throughout the country is that they are not regulated by the FDA. They can contain speed-like substances which alter behavior. The combination of the supplements that are taken may have negative synergistic effects and there is no way to verify purity. This practice is like playing Russian Roulette with a body as a test tube.
While I hope that Armstrong did not engage in blood doping, which includes transfusing more oxygenated blood prior to competition, I know that players have evidenced a great capacity to use technology to frustrate testing. Please be careful with your own bodies and long-term health and be vigilant in safeguarding your children.