Paul Dimeo's A History of Drug Use in Sport: 1876-1976: Beyond Good and PDF

By Paul Dimeo

ISBN-10: 0203003705

ISBN-13: 9780203003701

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This e-book deals a brand new background of drug use in recreation. It argues that the belief of popping up to augment functionality has now not constantly been the main issue or ‘evil’ we now imagine it's. as a substitute, the late nineteenth century used to be a time of a few experimentation and innovation mostly unhindered by way of speak of dishonest or healthiness dangers. via the interwar interval, experiments have been modernised within the new laboratories of workout physiologists. nonetheless there has been little or no experience that this used to be opposite to the ethics or spirit of activity. activities, medications and technological know-how have been heavily associated for over part a century. the second one international War provided the impetus for either elevated use of substances and the emergence of an anti-doping reaction. by means of the top of the Nineteen Fifties a brand new framework of ethics used to be being imposed at the medicines query that built doping in hugely emotive phrases as an ‘evil’. along this emerged the technology and procedural paperwork of checking out. The years as much as 1976 laid the rules for 4 many years of anti-doping. This booklet deals a close and significant realizing of who was once concerned, what they have been attempting to in achieving, why they set approximately this activity and the context within which they labored. by way of doing so, it reconsiders the vintage dichotomy of ‘good anti-doping’ up opposed to ‘evil doping’. Winner of the 2007 Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for the simplest ebook in British activities heritage.

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Teams that represented cities or countries were, in sports such as football, supported by fanatics who invested results, victories and defeats with emotional value. This was the other face of sport: determined, socially symbolic, prestigious, and providing careers to successful competitors. There are numerous examples from a range of sports that detail the rise in serious sport from the end of the nineteenth century onwards. Just one might be the emergence of the fanatical and at times violent rivalry between supporters of the main Glasgow 18 A history of drug use in sport football clubs, Rangers and Celtic.

However, it is clear that the myth of the ‘golden age’ of equal competition based on talent alone does not fit with reality. The examples of alcohol use, coca and kola tonic drinks, oxygen, cocaine and strychnine use all show that some athletes were willing to try stimulant drugs to gain that extra edge over their competitors. Within the context of rationalisation and the disciplines of modernity, it seems that drug use in sport was in part related to discourses of progress and superiority. However, such claims should be treated with caution.

The trainers who had the Americans in charge do not hesitate to say that the use of Vino-Kolafra by their young men was what made a large part of the wonderful difference in condition between them and their English cousins. (Outing 1896: 214) There is no doubt that kola was being promoted here as both legitimate and as giving its users that ‘extra edge’ which would so trouble later campaigners against doping. At the same time, there was no attempt to disguise this drink as anything other than a drug.

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