Monday, December 1, 2014

Does doping trick us? Or we trick doping?

Take Olympic ideals. Pierre de Coubertin, add symbols, and one of the largest "movements" in the world. Toss in other sports and in almost all cases that voice is clear and loud.
Doping is evil - doping is bad. End of story.

M. Coubertin via Wikimedia commons
Not always. A constant stream of doped athletes shows up in one sport after another. But still the ideal seems to be manifested in steel - athletes should not be doped and we do agree on this.

Our sport of choice is also a fairly clean sport - not perfect, but perhaps as close as can be. Why? We do not know - it may relate to culture in the areas where people play Floorball - but it is also true that skills are very important in Floorball and to start to manipulate with performance enhancing drugs is not easy as you beyond speed must keep a very clear focused mind on the court too. But no - Floorball might also encounter some doping cases and what is done to keep drug enhancers out from the sport is a very noble idea.
We can conclude that the general idea within most athletes - is to say no to doping.

Ok here comes our twist - are you ready?

If doping is bad for the best athletes then it must be bad for school sports too - right?
OK then what other subjects do we have in school? Are drugs used in school to increase performance? In academics?

Let us just toss in the use of ADHD medication for the US 2011
Image linked in via the CDC
OK, what is our point? Well we do not have a point but we have a question. No no we do not want to compare apple and bananas here. But we want to ask a question on the same continuum.

How can it be that drugs are very accepted as it comes to the subject to keep kids producing for instance in school as they have ADHD? Whereas at the same time one of the biggest no no's is to enhance athletes with drugs?

We do not have an answer and are not sure our argumentation shines perfect - but is feels rather strange that the perhaps strongest humans are guided with a clear sense in one direction - but a weaker part of the population face another basic idea about the use of enhancers to "fix" their potential?
We are not sure that we want to change our own basic ideas about this - but we think you should keep things like these in your mind next time you play.
It seem like drugs to find a norm or reach a norm is ok and supported - but drugs to deviate from the norm is not. But who in the world then is in charge to decide what the norm is?

Let us twist this a bit more. What happens if the humans that need drugs instead were ordinated a fast dynamic team sport as a part of their therapy? Do we have any studies of this? Done by who?

Or as Albert Einstein once said;

"The important thing is to not stop questioning"
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!