Sniffing Out the Science Behind Sports Doping

How does blood doping boost performance in events like the Tour de France? Do anabolic steroids help the world’s fastest man run faster? In his book, Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat , Chris Cooper discusses how these banned drugs work, or don’t — and how they are detected.

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Segment Guests

Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper is the author, “Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat: The Science Behind Drugs in Sport” and the Head of Research, Center for Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom.