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Science Literacy Reading #33 - Blood Doping: More Blood, More Medals - Sub Plan

In this article, students will learn about why athletes blood dope, the performance enhancement effects of blood doping, blood doping techniques like drugs that stimulate red blood cell production and blood transfusions that increase red blood cell counts immediately. As well they will learn about the effects of high altitude training on red blood cell production. This is a great in class activity, homework assignment, weekly science reading assignment, sub plan or in school suspension plan.


German rider Peter Schumacher went on trial in Stuttgart on Wednesday (April 10) following his recent doping admission. In an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel last month, Schumacher said that doping was part of his training just like eating a "plate of pasta". Schumacher tested positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO-CERA at the 2008 Tour de France and the Beijing Olympic Games but had always previously denied cheating. He was given a two-year ban, which was later reduced.


Types of Drugs and Methods Used in Cycling Contents: EPO (erythropoietin): Blood Doping: Human Growth Hormone: Pharmacological,chemical and physical manipulation: Steroids: Stimulants Amphetamines Narcotic Analgesics: Diuretics EPO (erythropoietin Growing is fun.

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'Perfect' EPO blood-doping detection system in the pipeline? | The fight against doping in sport may be set to receive a double boost with the announcement of two new detection systems in the pipeline for performance-enhancing drugs, one of which researchers believe could spell the death of erythropietin (EPO) blood-doping.