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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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.