Doping in Sports: Winning at Any Cost?

Doping in Sports: Winning at Any Cost?

by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson


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Behind the fame of big-time sports lies a complex web of controversy and deceit. Doping—the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) to gain a competitive athletic edge—is common in many sports. While doping can improve performance, it poses huge risks for athletes' health and careers. Some of the world's top athletes, from cyclist Lance Armstrong to professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez, have seen their images tarnished by doping scandals. Still, the pressure to win and high financial stakes drive many athletes to PEDs. Award-winning author Stephanie Sammartino McPherson uncovers the shadowy world of athletes who dope, the people and organizations that help them, and the scientists and officials committed to stopping them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467761482
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2016
Series: Nonfiction - Young Adult
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1280L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Stephanie Sammartino McPherson, a former teacher and freelance newspaper writer, enjoys writing about science and the human interest stories behind major discoveries. Stephanie and her husband Richard live in Virginia but also call California home.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Price of Victory 4

Chapter 2 A Brief History of Doping 14

Chapter 3 Anti-Doping Enforcement 26

Chapter 4 What Dopers are Using 40

Chapter 5 Beating the System 50

Chapter 6 Supply and Demand 62

Chapter 7 Turning a Blind Eye 70

Chapter 8 Doping in High Schools

Epilogue: The Untold Story 86

Timeline 90

Source Notes 91

Glossary 98

Selected Bibliography 99

Further Information 101

Index 102

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