Mechanical Steroids?

Welcome to the new wave of steroids – mechanized and untraceable. Tennis star Novak Djokovic has acquired and been using a ‘pressurized egg‘ that he believes gives him an edge over other athletes. The egg, called a CVAC pod, is basically a pressure chamber, that the company claims, “that spending up to 20 minutes in the pod three times a week can boost athletic performance by improving circulation, boosting oxygen-rich red-blood cells, removing lactic acid and possibly even stimulating mitochondrial biogenesis and stem-cell production”. It’s an interesting concept – sort of like training at high altitudes for an extended period of time. But is it fair? Should it be legal? It’s tricky, I think. If you argue that steroids are illegal, then this is basically performance enhancing in a similar way, it’s just not a drug. But due to the high cost of the machine, it certainly limits access – it’s not like everyone can afford one. Should sporting leagues be looking into the legality of this? Is it even an issue? I always thought people should start from a similar playing field. But this clearly changes the equation. What do you think?

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One Response to Mechanical Steroids?

  1. Adrian says:

    Not everyone can afford to train 60 hours/week either. There will never be a level playing field in terms of access to training, coaching, etc. As long as there are no bad medical side effects I see no reason to ban it.

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