WHAT DRUGS ARE BANNED?

There are many types of drugs that are banned in sport because of the damage they can do to an athlete's health and to fair play. Every year a new list of banned drugs is prepared by the World Anti-Doping Agency. These drugs fall within the following categories: 

  • Stimulants may increase concentration and reduce tiredness, but they can also damage the heart;
  • Steroids can increase muscle and strength, but they harm the heart, liver and reproductive system and can cause sudden death;
  • Hormones can have a variety of useful medical purposes, but they can be harmful when you are young and still growing;
  • Diuretics may help with weight loss but they cover up the use of other banned drugs and can cause dehydration and fatigue;
  • Narcotics can relieve pain but this could lead to a lasting injury;
  • Cannabinoids (hashish, marijuana) can act as relaxants, but may also lead to a loss of coordination and concentration.

Even if you take something by accident it is still considered doping. Ultimately, you are responsible for everything that goes into your body.

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