Hormone Use and Abuse by Athletes

  • Ezio Ghigo
  • Fabio Lanfranco
  • Christian J. Strasburger

Part of the Endocrine Updates book series (ENDO, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Enrico Gabellieri, Ignacio Bernabeu, Eva Fernandez, Monica Marazuela, Luca Chiovato, Felipe F. Casanueva
    Pages 1-7
  3. Martin Duclos, Antoine Tabarin
    Pages 9-15
  4. Anthony C. Hackney
    Pages 17-24
  5. Pierpaolo de Feo
    Pages 37-42
  6. Marco A. Minetto, Andrea Benso, Ezio Ghigo, Fabio Lanfranco
    Pages 43-49
  7. Karen Choong, Ravi Jasuja, Shehzad Basaria, Thomas W. Storer, Shalender Bhasin
    Pages 63-87
  8. Arthur Weltman
    Pages 89-98
  9. Wolfgang Jelkmann
    Pages 99-109
  10. Maria Kristina Parr, Ulrich Flenker, Wilhelm Schänzer
    Pages 121-130
  11. Martin Bidlingmaier, Zida Wu, Christian J. Strasburger
    Pages 131-137
  12. Séverine Lamon, Neil Robinson, Martial Saugy
    Pages 163-175
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 177-178

About this book


Several hormones are able to influence physical performance and body composition. Thus, a bi-univocal interrelationship between exercise and hormones exists. In Hormone Use and Abuse by Athletes, new developments on metabolic and endocrine responses to exercise are revised and the topic of hormonal doping in sports is introduced. In the past decades, hormone abuse has become a widespread habit in professional and—most of all and more frequently—recreational performance. Anabolic steroids, growth hormones and erythropoietin properties use and misuse in sports are widely described. Specific methods to detect hormone abuse are presented and discussed. The contributors to this volume are well-known experts and dedicated researchers in the fields of sports medicine and endocrinology, endocrine physiology, pharmacology, and doping detection. The purpose of this volume is to provide all professionals involved in sports medicine and endocrinology a state-of-the-art overview of the complex interactions between physical activity and the endocrine system and to focus on hormone abuse in sports at competitive and recreational levels, highlighting its negative consequences for long-term health. “In this very topical volume, the editors have assembled an expert panel of authors addressing one of the most significant challenges in sports medicine today—the use and abuse of hormones in competitive sports. The chapters provide up-to-date, clearly written information ranging from physiology of the pituitary axes in exercise and sports, impact of reproductive function illicit hormonal abuse, and assay methods and compelling pitfalls for rigorous detection of sports doping. This volume will be of great utility to sports physicians, exercise physiologists and endocrinologists, as well as to scientific and sports regulatory agencies and ethicists grappling with responding to this societal challenge.” - Shlomo Melmed, M.D. Series Editor


Anabolic Steroids Endocrine Erythropoietin Exercise

Editors and affiliations

  • Ezio Ghigo
    • 1
  • Fabio Lanfranco
    • 2
  • Christian J. Strasburger
    • 3
  1. 1., Division of Endocrinology, Diabetology aUniversity of TorinoTorinoItaly
  2. 2., Division of Endocrinology, Diabetology aUniversity of TorinoTorinoItaly
  3. 3., Division of Clinical EndocrinologyCharité - UniversitätsmedizinBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-7013-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-7014-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0729
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