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Doping in Sports

Doping in Sports

Doping in sports is unquestionably one of the biggest issues plaguing sport around the world. From professional to amateur, Olympic to everyday sport, evidence of the use of banned and dangerous performance-enhancing substances can be found. Every now and then, a big name athlete’s use of performance-enhancing drugs is revealed to the public, and a media wildfire ensues.

Many question the guilty athlete’s moral judgement, yet few seek to learn how and why that person was able to continue using illegal substances. The truth is that many drug policies contain loopholes or are not as strictly enforced as they ought to be. In fact, the use of toxic if not illegal substances may be more prevalent than you think.

You may ask, “What does it mean when someone is doping in sports?” The basic answer is that doping refers to the use of banned athletic performance-enhancing drugs by athletic competitors, with the term doping widely used by organizations that regulate sporting competitions.

Because of the lack of regulation in many after-market food supplements, it is very possible that your pre-workout mix or creatine powder may contain not only an illegal substance but also a very toxic one that could bring ill-health effects and even reduce lifespan if taken for prolonged periods of time. That’s why third-party supplement certification is critical.

Banned Substances Control Group (BSCG) brings the Olympic standard of analytical testing to dietary supplement certification. Our science-first approach is driven by an unparalleled 30 years of history dealing with drug testing in sport and associated toxicology concerns. The advanced techniques we developed to test athletes for traces of prohibited drugs were carefully re-engineered to ensure dietary supplements are free of drugs and contaminants.

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