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Performance enhancing drugs create/prevent injuries
Last Post 12/27/2013 09:38 AM by stronzo nonfumare. 2 Replies.
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12/26/2013 11:10 AM
Was reading an article about injuries in the NFL and was thinking about PEDs and if they are the cause of injuries or prevent them. If you build a stronger muscle you could make the argument that it would help prevent injuries ( like a torn ACLU ) since they would strengthen the joint. You could also make the argument that having a stronger muscle could create more stress on joints since the joint was moving with more force. In the NFL you get impact with other players who are stronger and moving at a greater speed. In cycling though were the forces are just your own would a strengthening PED cause more or less injuries. I would venture a guess it would, even in cycling, strengthening PEDs would lead to more injuries than less. More force just seems like a bad thing. However plenty of weekend warriors hurt themselves all the time. Interesting topic for research.


12/27/2013 09:32 AM
My understanding is that they enhance muscle size, strength and function, but do absolutely nothing for connective tissue which becomes the weak link in the chain, and under those greater forces are even more vulnerable to injury.


12/27/2013 09:38 AM
ligament damage would seem more likely in the presence of bigger and stronger muscles. Likely the biggest problem in US Football and baseball. Maybe Soccer and Rugby too. Cycling not so much - not only because I dont see cycling as a big stressor of ligaments but also because I dont see cyclists doing PEDs which increase muscle mass, but rather oxygen delivery.
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