Physical Education - Ergogenic aids - illegal: amphetamines and ephedrine
Amphetamines and ephedrine
Amphetamines are stimulants that are used to increase alertness, reduce
fatigue and induce competitiveness. Amphetamines are chemically related to
They raise heart rate and blood pressure, speed up reactions, and suppress
pain and fatigue. The athlete feels alert and confident, and can work hard
Amphetamines have been used in a number of sports, particularly sprinting
events to assist inreaction time.  Distance athletes, such as, cyclists
may also use them to mask fatigue by increasing their tolerance to lactic
acid  and therefore increasing their acceleration, strength and
aggression. Common asthma, sinus and cough medications contain ephedrine
and a number of high profile athletes have been cautioned, fined or banned
for their use, mistakenly or otherwise, of these preparations.
* anxiety - can cause aggressive behaviour and can feel 'low' afterwards
* physical and psychological differences
* increased heart rate,  arrhythmia
* heavy use leads to high blood pressure, and liver and brain damage
These drugs  are extremely addictive, and can also be found in cough
mixtures. Some other possible side effects are death, circulatory collapse,
hypothermia and stroke.
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