-Performance enhancing substances/procedures that are health damaging (i.e. EPO and blood transfusions)
-Performance enhancing substances/procedures that are not health damaging (i.e. vitamins B-12 and massage)
-Non-performance enhancing substances/procedures that are not health damaging (i.e. orange juice and haircuts)
-Non-performance enhancing substance/procedures that are health damaging (ie, cigarettes-smoking and leg amputations)
Does that sum it up? So the cheater is the one who is willing to damage his health to go faster?
PACONi said:The main reason substances get banned is because they will have a negative affect on the athletes health. Its a misconception that a substance gets banned because it'll make you faster. If that were so then there would be a case for banning training!!
This is not at all how WADA creates the banned list. im sure WADA doesn't want athletes to hurt themselves, but the prohibited list is about performance enhancing not health. it is mostly about unfair advantage, for instance beta blockers are banned in accuracy sports because blocking adrenaline is a big advantage when you require fine motor control. it is not going to affect the athletes health, it just makes them a better archer or golfer.
on an semi related topic, i've never understood why hydrocodone isn't on the list. taking a vicodin(hydrocodone) is pretty much the same as taking a percocet(oxycodone). the only real difference is the percocet will get you suspended.