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Pumped : straight facts for athletes about drugs, supplements, and training
Kuhn, Cynthia.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton & Co., [2000]

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190 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 21 cm
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What's safe? What works? What's a waste of money? "Pumped" offers research-based information. It explains the body basics that every athlete must know for optimum performance. It also offers the reader straight information about drugs and supplements for weight control, muscle building, and endurance training. What an athlete uses in the off-training time is important too, and this text covers recreational drugs - from alcohol to speed - how they can seem to help performance, how they hurt, and for how long.

Author Notes

Scott Swartzwelder, Ph.D., is a researcher in pharmacology & psychology at Duke University Medical Center.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

A couple of years ago, when Mark McGwire was making an assault on baseball's home-run records, a controversy erupted when he revealed that he took a legal, steroidlike, over-the-counter dietary supplement. There was an array of conflicting articles regarding the effectiveness of such supplements, whether they should be banned or reclassified and grouped with illegal steroids. Young athletes today are bombarded with drug advertisements that promise added weight, strength, height, and enhanced performance. The authors, three researchers associated with the Duke University Medical Center, offer sound, carefully researched, and nonjudgmental advice regarding drugs and supplements. Some of them work but are dangerous; some are dangerous and don't work; many are harmless and have little effect other than to fill the coffers of the sellers. There is an excellent chapter instructing potential users on the intelligent way to read a label and interpret manufacturers' claims for the product. This is an excellent book that provides a realistic overview on the topic of drugs, dietary supplements, and athletics. A necessary addition to most sports collections. --Wes Lukowsky

Library Journal Review

This excellent book is not solely for athletesDanyone who wants to have more energy will benefit. Although the focus is on drugs and supplements, the advice on dieting and explanations of the body's physiology will interest those who would like to be fit. The tone is objective and balanced, and the authors (Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy) explain with great clarity what published research has shown about steroids, hormones, dietary supplements, alcohol, and caffeine. The writing style is lively and fast paced: "Creatine is becoming increasingly popular as a nutritional supplement to prolong exercise tolerance. The problem is that it lastsabout 10 seconds." An excellent chapter, "How To Read the Ads," tells the reader how to judge claims critically and evaluate scientific research. The work concludes with a bibliography in which the authors try "to list the best available studies supporting or refuting the effectiveness of various performance-enhancing agents." Highly recommended for public, undergraduate, and medical libraries.DNatalie Kupferberg, Ohio State Univ., Columbus (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 13
Chapter 1 Optimizing Performancep. 15
Chapter 2 How to Read the Adsp. 30
Chapter 3 Warming Up: Drug Basicsp. 39
Chapter 4 Bulking Up/Slimming Downp. 50
Appetite Suppressants
"Fat-Burning" Drugs
"Fat-Blocking" Drugs
Chapter 5 Building Muscle Mass and Strengthp. 66
Anabolic Steroids
"Natural" Steroids?
Growth Hormone and Its Friends: IGF (Somatomedin), GHB
Creatine Phosphate
Insulin and Oral Hypoglycemic Drugs
Chromium Piccolinate
Amino Acid Supplements
Chapter 6 Getting Pumpedp. 102
Ephedrine (Ma Huang, "Herbal Ecstasy")
Blood Doping and EPO
Chapter 7 Chilling Out: Alcohol and Marijuanap. 129
Chapter 8 Smoking and Chewing: Tobaccop. 150
Chapter 9 Cooling Downp. 160
Valium and Other Sedatives
Kava Kava
Natural Opiates
Beta Blockers
Prozac and Its Friends
Bibliographyp. 171
Indexp. 181