Should Living At Altitude Be Banned Like Steroids?

from the forget-mile-high-stadium dept

Last year, we had a story that asked If Steroids Are Cheating, Why Isn't LASIK? Both are artificial, technology-based enhancements that athletes use to improve performance over what it would be naturally. While the sporting world isn't yet looking into banning LASIK, they may be banning a different type of technology enhancement: the high altitude tent or any similar system that simulates the oxygen levels at a high altitude. Such systems have been used by athletes for years, after it was shown that living at altitude increases your endurance -- especially if you then train at lower altitudes. The ultimate solution, then, is a system that makes your body think you're at higher altitudes when you sleep or are at home, but then when you train, you're actually at the lower altitudes. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is considering making the use of any such altitude simulation system just as forbidden as the use of steroids, saying it's a similar form of cheating. Others, however, wonder why it's really any different than actually living at altitude. Maybe next, WADA will tackle the massive threat that is LASIK surgery.

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    Justin, 12 May 2006 @ 11:12am

    Re: Apples and oranges.

    "steroids add something you should never have"
    Bear with me on this one: If you train with weights you will eventually reach your genetic potential for muscle mass/strength. Your body has reached it's maximum capacity. Steroids allow the body to go beyond it's natural capacity and pack on more muscle.
    Each of us is born with different visual acuity. Each of us is born with different genetic potential for muscle mass... In my opinion both lasiks and steroids add something you should never have (according to your genetics).
    What if instead of steroids an athlete moved the tendon insertion point of their muscles to create more leverage/strength? Should that be legal?

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