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Medical News Today are reporting: Athletic Performance Enhancement From Drugs Could Be Mind Over Matter
A new study from Australia suggests that when given a placebo that they believe to be a performance-enhancing drug, some athletes, especially if they are male, not only believe their performance improves, but actually show real measured improvements in performance, lending support to the idea that "mind over matter", or the power of the mind, plays an important role in the development of athletic prowess.
The study, which was funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Australian Government Anti-Doping Research Program, is the work of Jennifer Hansen, RN, lead author and nurse researcher at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia, and was presented at the The Endocrine Society's 90th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, which took place from 15th to 18th June this year.
Plans to publish the study in a journal were not mentioned in the press statement.
Hansen said that the "placebo" effect they found in their study on how the power of the mind affects physical performance was greater in male recreational athletes than in females.
"Athletes are doping with growth hormone to improve sporting performance despite any evidence it actually improves performance," said Hansen, explaining that she and her colleagues wanted to find out if any improvement in performance was because of the drug itself or because the athlete believed the drug was working.
Hansen and colleagues recruited 64 volunteers, all young adult recreational athletes, and randomly assigned them to two groups. One group took a growth hormone (a drug that is banned from use in sports), and the other group took an inactive placebo. Both groups took the drugs for 8 weeks.
The study was double blinded, that is neither the athletes nor the drug administrators knew whether they were being given an active drug or a placebo.....