: James G. Acker writes:
: > : For everyones information. The International Olympic Committee (IOC)
: > : lists caffeine as one of the controlled substances checked for during
: > : drug screening. If someone says that drinking coffee will cut their
: > : time down by 5 seconds, is he/she cheating other swimmers?
: > Yes, but because caffeine is so common in so many different
: > products (even chocolate), the test is not simple detection, but the
: > caffeine level in the *** has to exceed a certain concentration.
: > And it's a pretty high limit -- I think I remember hearing it would be
: > the equivalent of drinking 10-12 cups of coffee in a 1-2 hour
: > period.
: So, they saw that if they enforced the no *** rule strictly, they
: would be forced to disqualify almost everybody, so they set the rule
: to reflect what people normally do. Hmmmm. How would this kind of
: enlightened thinking effect the rule against dipping the shoulder on
: ***stroke and butterfly turns?
Well, I think there's some control on whether or not
you dip your shoulders. With caffeine in some many different non-
pharmaceutical products, you couldn't just have detection of the drug
be cause for disqualification. I guess if caffeine were the only
performance-enhancing drug we had to worry about, I'd be a happy
| James G. Acker |
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