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Dunks, Doubles, Doping is not a pro-steroid book.
Nor is it an anti-steroid book.
Instead, it's anti-hypocrisy and anti-subterfuge. Dunks, Doubles, Doping sets the record straight on the real risks of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, and it makes public facts that have, for the most part, been misrepresented in the media.
When the next century rolls around, where will steroids stand in a list of substances that are most harmful to humans? According to author Nathan Jendrick, steroids will fall far below Tylenol, Fen-Phen, Vioxx--and even Viagra. Reports of death and internal destruction abound when the topic of steroid use surfaces, but the vast majority of the general public would be shocked if they had the opportunity to see the truth. Here is that opportunity.
Dunks, Doubles, Doping cuts through the fog and invites readers to learn the truth about the reported dangers of steroids. Perhaps more important, readers will also find an examination of the real steroid problem: How they are killing American athletics. And it isnt necessarily the drugs that are doing the most damage. Its the hype, the misleading information, the lies, and the inconsistencies in policy.
Dunks, Doubles, Doping includes interviews with some of the best Olympic athletes in the world-including Gary Hall Jr. and Megan Quann-top steroid legal analyst and lawyer Rick Collins, bodybuilding personality Gregg Valentino, and top
physicians and psychologists such as Dr. Roberto Olivardia, PhD, Dr. Theodore Friedmann, PhD, Dr. Gary Nolan, PhD, Dr. Roland Carlstedt, and many more.
As much as the world may like to believe it, steroids are not the final frontier. Dunks, Doubles, Doping confronts and explains a new method of cheating called "gene doping," so that every reader knows what's coming next.
Steroids have been made out to be the modern plague of the day. The media chastize athletes who use them and sentence users to an early death. Outspoken critics claim there's a laundry list of horrific, irreversible side effects. But the truth, as HBO may have summed up best in their special programming on the subject, is that despite all the smoke, there's no fire. Hardly a spark.
In Dunks, Doubles, Doping, Nathan Jendrick offers a researched, unbiased view on anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. The truth is that steroids didn't kill Lyle Alzado, Steve Bechler or Ken Caminiti. The truth is that steroids won't be the cause of death for Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, or Marion Jones--athletes accused of drug use. The one thing that steroids are killing though, is sports. Steroids have ruined the landscape of competition not by their chemical properties, but by the massive hysteria that surrounds them in the media, in gyms and in the stands of stadiums. And it's all in the name of money. Fans are turned off by the scandals and adolescents, who might be the only ones at a real health risk by using steroids, are putting the future of sports on their shoulders, and on the line, by trying to get big unnaturally too early.
Dunks, Doubles, Doping includes interviews with top athletes, physicians and personalities while covering and revealing the truth behind steroids and confronting the new horizon of cheating: Gene doping. 3D is a can't-miss if you want the truth behind America's latest sports scandal.
Mark McGwire. Barry Bonds. Marion Jones. How many professional athletes have put their careers on the line by using a substance officially banned from their sport? And why do they do it? Despite the headlines, steroid use continues to be popular among professional athletes, and is now attracting a younger user base. Nearly 20 percent of male college students have used some form of the drug, often just to make themselves more physically attractive. For professional athletes, however, stronger could mean a bigger paycheck, faster could translate to twice the signing bonus, and tougher could be the difference between the minor leagues and the pro ranks.
The one thing that is safe to assume, author Nathan Jendrick contends, is that as long as money is fueling attendance, paychecks, and fame, athletes will continue to look for a secret edge. This poses a dilemma for many athletes and the people who pay them. Is a steroid user a cheater, or simply gaining an advantage from recent advances in science? Does a baseball fan care more about whether his favorite player is "doping," or does he just want to see the home run hit deeper into the stands? To answer these questions, Jendrick talks with Olympic athletes, professional bodybuilders, and doctors to examine the mindset behind steroid use, the mental and physical side effects, and how sport federations essentially allow doping to occur. He takes a look at famous athletes who have been caught, and what happened to their careers after the truth came out.
DUNKS, DOUBLES, AND DOPING is a timely and objective look at steroids and their use in American sports. It is a cautionary tale about how the desire for superhuman performance on the playing fields can be as good as putting a syringe in a player's hand.
When it comes to the shining arena of sports whos ignoring the rules--and why?
About the Author
is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Swimming World
and American Health and Fitness.
He is also an amateur bodybuilder, competitive swimmer, and personal trainer, whose clients have included Megan Quann, the 2000 double-Olympic gold medal winner and world record holder, to whom he is married.
Table of Contents
I. The Other Gear in the Locker Room
1. Real life statistics and truths about steroids
2. Benefits athletes expect from using steroids
3. Side effects, both mental and physical associated with steroid use, from the viewpoint of a professional bodybuilder
4. Methods athletes use from transporting steroids to hiding them
5. Most famous, and most revered substances used in sports and why
II. Ousted Athletes and Public Opinion
6. Athletes who have been caught using steroids and the effect on their careers
7. Correlation between steroid-fueled performances and number of fans in the seats
8. How the Olympic flame fuels the steroid fire
III. How Sports Federations Essentially Allow Doping
9. Failures of random drug testing
10. The bright side of testing
11. Physician opinions on the prevalence of drug testing
IV. It's Not Just Our Fault
12. How steroids are brought into this country and distributed
13. East German Doping Scandal
14. Case Study: China
V. Because Science Can't Win
15. Science is always a step behind the drug-fighting game
16. The BALCO Scandal
VI. Morals Cashed In
17. Graph of paychecks increasing with rise in steroid use
18. How National Governing Bodies fail
VII. The Future in Dire Jeopardy
l 19. Rising GDP of sports and how it drives people to perform
20. Gene Doping - changing human DNA for bigger muscles