The 5 Worst (and dangerous) ways to Boost Sports Performance

Malaysian Hero Lee Chong Wei. Photo from channelnewsasia.com

Malaysian Hero Lee Chong Wei. Photo from channelnewsasia .com

If anyone is a badminton fan, they may be following the Lee Chong Wei doping saga. Just over 2 weeks ago Lee Chong Wei, a professional Malaysian badminton player was reported to have failed a random doping test at the World Badminton Championships in Copenhagen.

The past 2 days has brought more media attention to the mens singles world number one. Lee Chong Wei is waiting for his his B sample for test results performed on the 6th November 2014. If the B sample is positive, he could be disqualified from the World Championships for violation of anti-doping rule and face suspension for up to two years.

Sports is a great way to socialise, de-stress and build health. Whether it’s getting into shape, fighting for a PB (personal best), winning the $2 wager and bragging rights, we always want to put in 100% effort.

So here’s the top 5 ways to boost sports performance AND injure yourself and ruin your sporting career – I call them the 5 worst ways to boost sports performance. We’ll be posting 1 each day. Here’s the first worst way to boost sports performance:

1. Drugs.

Anti-inflammatory medications are not the only solution to sports injury and back pain.

Anti-inflammatory medications are not the only solution to sports injury and back pain.

Lee Chong Wei’s fate is uncertain, and potentially faces suspension for two years. But it is not just the elite that get caught out here. In my chiropractic practice, I treat athletes from all sports. A 19 year old professional martial arts fighter asked for growth hormones and other growth enhancement drugs. Another athlete, who sought treatment for back pain and shoulder injury was getting back to peak performance in the gym and dragon boating. I asked him to reconsider his idea to use anabolic steroids – even though he was told they were mild and safe.

 NOT YOU?

You’re probably thinking you’d never want those drugs, so lets explore two more drugs. Pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs. In my practice I have so many weekend warriors and sports enthusiasts who are having treatment for joint pain, back pain, and muscle injuries. They tell me they take a neurofen or an ibuprofen before going for a run or playing a game of tennis, “just in case”. This is the silliest thing you can do. Yes it will boost performance. You will “feel fine”  and can get away with playing. However, you are going to aggravate your injury and you won’t even know it!

That’s the same for dexamethasone, the banned substance found in Lee Chong Wei’s urine test. Dexamethasone is a type of steroid medication with anti-inflammatory effects that is usually used to aid an athlete’s rehabilitation. These injections, pain killers and anti-inflammatories will get rid of pain and inflammation. But if you don’t fix the injury, and keep training and playing, you are going to keep aggravating your injury. The worst thing about injections is that they commonly damage your ligaments, arteries and other tissues in the body, and the pain relief is so great and instant that you feel invincible and get back into sports with 100% renewed energy.

Bottom Line:

It doesn’t matter if you have back pain, a shoulder or rotator cuff injury, knee pain or an ankle sprain. Pain is the only alarm signal you have to tell you something is in big trouble (injured). Get rid of that alarm signal without fixing the problem and you are asking for trouble.

Have a question? Want to get fix an injury? Get treatment for your back pain? Book online here.

You can also pre-order his upcoming book “The Pain Free Executive – How high performing people eliminate aches and pains.” 

+Dr Gary Tho

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