The Code has very good criteria for what constitutes a PED:blutto said:....so what do you do about commonly available substances that can "enhance performance" such as aspirin and anti-acid pills...which fly so far under the TUE powered radar they might as well only exist in a parallel undiscovered universe ...
A substance or method shall be considered for inclusion on the Prohibited List if WADA determines that the substance or method meets any two of the following three criteria:
184.108.40.206 Medical or other scientific evidence, pharmacological effect or experience that the substance or method, alone or in combination with other substances or methods, has the potential to enhance or enhances sport performance;
220.127.116.11 Medical or other scientific evidence, pharmacological effect or experience that the Use of the substance or method represents an actual or potential health risk to the Athlete.
18.104.22.168 WADA's determination that the Use of the substance or method violates the spirit of sport described in the Introduction to the Code.
Setting that aside, somewhere I have a pretty well researched paper on ergogenic aids. With respect to anti-acids, the amount required gave me nausea thinking about it, and the rewards are modest.
Thus, it should have qualified under #2 - actual or potential health risk (stomach cramps). Apparently it does not qualify under #1 and #3 combined.
Ah, found the reference (sorry cannot find a link...):
"Theoretically, the usefulness of sodium bicarbonate should occur with exercise of high intensity and short duration, and several studies have shown sodium bicarbonate to be performance enhancing in this setting...
Sodium bicarbonate has also been shown to be effective in repeated, short duration, high-intensity exercise interspersed with short recoveries...
Data on whether sodium bicarbonate improves exercise performance in prolonged (30–60 minutes) endurance exercise are conflicting , but it has not shown benefit in repetitive resistance exercise [83,84]. Use of sodium bicarbonate has a potential for gastrointestinal distress, which may impair performance".
That same paper says this about asthma medications:
"There is evidence that beta agonists can have an anabolic effect when given orally, but they are not ergogenic when given at the usual inhaled dose"
I am not giving up my puffer, and it does not provide an ergogenic benefit.
Getting back to anti-acids - if you want to take anti-acids, good luck to you. Caffeine, on the other hand, packs a pretty powerful punch.
I recommend Caffeine.