Doping and Ergogenic Aids in Sports – A Boon or Bane?
Dr. Gulbahar khan
Sport is thought of as an activity that is governed by a set of rules and is engaged in competitively, while Doping is the idea of using banned natural or synthetic substance for the purpose of enhancing sports performance. Ergogenic aids are substances that some athletes use to improve strength and endurance. Sports go beyond a measure of athletic excellence and the winning of trophies, medals and cash awards has become a pride to the Nation and sports persons. Sports teach honest endeavor, commitment and fair play. Doping in sport is not a new phenomenon; athletes have taken performance enhancing agents since the beginning of time. The use of performance enhancing drugs is a form of cheating. Performance enhancing drugs such can be stimulants, anabolic steroids, diuretics; beta blockers etc. are harmful to the health such as Increase Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Cardiac irregularities, Loss of Balance and co-ordination, Increase the risk of heart attacks etc. Performance bliss and sin enhancement may be attained fairly through good dietary nutrition and effective training and recovery programs. Athletes require good dietary advice from early on their career to achieve high level sports performance. Sports must be doping free and performance must be achieved through scientific sports coaching. Sports and Games must be played in fair manner.