RMIT's Dr Oliver Jones explains the science and history behind performance enhancing drugs in a new Talking Health podcast.
Using drugs to improve results in the sporting arena has been around as long as sport itself.
Roman gladiators used caffeine and strychnine to boost performance, while ancient Greeks used herbs, and even bread laced with opium to keep them at the top of their game.
While it may seem strange in today’s context, taking drugs to improve athletic performance wasn’t always considered cheating.
Now it is not only illegal but also can have a damaging impact on the body, and career, of the athlete.
Ahead of his public lecture on drug detection in sport on 21 August, RMIT lecturer Dr Oliver Jones delves further into this complex issue.
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