"This is an ongoing process," said Pound.

The use of performance enhancing “substances/drugs ” for sporting spurs back as far the ancient Greek competitions of old, where contestants often chewed cocoa leaves or a utterly vast array of other “potions/concoctions”....

One of the reason athletes choose to use performance-enhancing drugs is to bulk up....

Ephedra is a shrub, native to northern areas of China and Mongolia and found mainly in dry desert-like conditions. It has traditionally been used in weight loss supplements, although has been removed from the market in the USA since 2004 over growing health concerns. There are various species of Ephedra, with some being more potent and containing higher volumes of ephedrine alkaloids (which produces the pharmaceutical effect).


Have you wondered why athletes are better now than in the past.

Athletes endanger not only themselves but everyone around them when they use drugs.

Meanwhile, those who wanted to remain drug-free could continue to compete in "clean" categories and leagues. Such boundaries already exist in powerlifting, where some federations test for drugs and some don't - and both participants and spectators are fully aware of which is which.


However, athletes are taking winning to the extreme.

In the past athletes played for love of the game, today however, the players have so much more at stake then just being able to play the game because they love it.

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An athlete whether the biggest, fastest, or strongest, will always look for something that will give them and extra edge over everybody else, even if that means performance enhancing drugs.

They are starting to use more advanced testing methods.

Diuretics (sometimes called water pills) are drugs including Frusemide, Chlorothiazide and Hydrochlorothiazide. Their purpose is to remove excess water from the body although each type of diuretic does this in a different way.

Steroids improve athletic performance in multiple ways....

The use of drugs in sports with the aim of improving performance is a major problem for sports governing bodies. This however is not a new phenomenon. Drugs have been used to enhance performance since ancient times. Greek and roman civilisations used mushrooms and herbs to improve their performance.

They should not just be able to get away with everything.

Leeds coach Brian McDermott accepts it could take some time for the players to readjust to their surroundings when they return to Headingley on Thursday.

Athletes that use drugs should be punished in some kind of way....

As the use of performance enhancing drugs is becoming more popular amongst athletes, many of them do not understand the risks involved in taking these drugs.