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Drugs, Sport and the Young Adult [Kindle Edition]

Dr.Conor O'Brien

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For 3 Millennia athletes and young adults have experimented with performance enhancing agents, and drugs. Throughout time the abusers have denied the practice, endeavoured to evade detection and hidden behind the veracity, or lack of, in the rules and laws governing sport. Drugs, Sport And The Young Adult gets past the innuendo and subterfuge that frequently accompanies this common practice and highlights the nuts and bolts of drug misuse to the guardians and opinion formers of vulnerable young people. Written in a common sense style by a Dublin Physician who has spent over 20 years working in the area, the book provides practical information on the world of drug abuse, in sport and society. Drugs, Sport And The Young Adult guides the reader through the earliest reports of drug abuse in sport up to present day, with real life examples of the causes and effects of a practice which contaminates sport and many aspects of modern living.

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Dr Conor O'Brien is a physician practicing in Dublin. His interest in substance misuse in the athletic population goes back to the 1980s when he wrote a Masters thesis on the topic of alcohol and the athlete. Dr O'Brien was the Leinster Rugby Team Doctor and was Irish Olympic Team Doctor as the Centennial Games. He chaired the first Anti-Doping Committee of the Irish Sports Council and served for 6 years. He subsequently served on the World Anti-Doping TUE Committee (WADA) and had also chaired the Anti-Doping Committee of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicing (RCSI & RCPI). He is a frequent TV and radio contributor to the debate on drugs in sport and substance abuse in society.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Quite good 6. Juni 2014
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I liked this book. It could have done with a bit more and better editing. gets a bit technical at times but in the main , it explains things well. could do with a more considered conclusion, but in the round, recommended.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Like it 7. April 2013
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Easy to read, comprehensive book on a very disturbing subject which has created a cloud of suspicion over all sports. Sad.
1.0 von 5 Sternen An opportunity missed to shed some light on an important subject. 23. März 2013
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In recent times the issue of drugs in sport has become increasingly prevalent in the public arena, with several high profile athletes suffering jarring falls from grace. Dr Conor O'Brien, Irish Team Doctor for the 1996 Olympics and member of the World Anti Doping Committee, has been increasingly vocal of late in speaking out against the use of drugs in sport and in particular the highly damaging effects they can have on young athletes. When I heard that Dr. O' Brien had written a book on the subject I had high hopes that he would provide a reference text that could be used to clarify the subject, illustrating in an academic fashion the hazards and pitfalls of the use of questionable substances, but at the same time outlining the benefits of proper nutrition coupled with responsible supplementation.

While in parts Dr O'Brien does deal with the real issues plaguing sport at present, most notably in his chapter on EPO, Anabolic Steroids and Human Growth Hormone, I was largely disappointed with his work as a whole as it falls short on a number of levels, particularly in the areas regarding supplementation. What is most frustrating about this is that the opportunity to shed some impartial light on the subject has been missed. Dr. O'Brien's disjointed narrative of personal opinion and anecdotal evidence mixed in with only occasional scientific data serves to undermine his credibility on the subject.

This is typified when he discusses the dangers of supplements such as protein and creatine. His ONLY reason to believe that either is harmful is his complete speculation that such supplements MAY have become inadvertently contaminated by, for example, banned substances in their production. This view is not backed up by any recent or geographically relevant evidence or research. His disclaimer at the start of the book that he has not included the references to scientific studies because we are "casual readers" is just not good enough, nor is his reluctant statement that these supplements are "probably safe" which comes as little more than an afterthought. He also fails to mention that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which is the definitive European Union (EU) risk assessment authority regarding food safety has concluded:

"On the basis of the data presented, the Panel concludes that a cause and effect relationship has been established between the consumption of creatine and an increase in physical performance during short-term, high intensity, repeated exercise bouts."

The sports supplement industry is of course no different to any other, every consumer has the capacity to find a cheap knock off that can be acquired through less than reputable channels, through the friend of a friend or someone they meet in the gym, which may be of an inferior makeup or contain banned substances. What needs to be made clear is that food supplements, when purchased through reputable sources from established companies are completely safe. They are manufactured in modern factories with rigorous and strictly enforced quality control procedures. Their products will be registered to the relevant food authority which in Ireland is the FSAI. It is also worth mentioning at this point that Ireland is a world leader in food sciences, with an outstanding reputation and many strong links between our Universities and our food and sports supplement industry.

It is of course only right for parents to be concerned about the welfare of their children and it is at these parents that this book is aimed. Unfortunately all it will achieve is the promotion of ignorance and a paranoia rooted in misinformation. Dr. O' Brien fails to distinguish between the clear illegality of drug use in sports and the legitimate use of safe food supplements, which would have been far more beneficial as opposed to scare mongering and sensationalism.
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