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Soda Doping Raises Ethical Issues

I found this article to be quite interesting. Most individuals would guess that athletes who use a performance enhancer would be guilt of steroid use. However, this may not be completely accurate. This article details how the ingestion of baking soda can enhance an athlete’s ability. The article discusses whether or not to ban ‘soda doping’ – the ingestion of baking soda as an ergogenic aid.

The article details that some participants had negative side effects from the soda doping while most participants did not. Those who did not suffer any gastrointestinal side effects actually improved their running time by 2.2 seconds. The findings have brought about discussion on whether or not to ban the use of soda doping in sports. The doctor interviewed in this article feels that soda doping gives the user an unfair advantage because sodium bicarbonate is not normally ingested.

The American College of Sports Medicine has long prohibited the use of certain substances that give individuals an unfair advantage. I believe the ethical issue here is: what should be considered an unfair advantage? Is a mere 2.2 seconds enough to ban the use of baking soda? What happens to athletes who ingest an ingredient that gives them a boost but does so without prior knowledge? At what point should an ingredients be considered an unfair advantage?

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  1. safraser46
    December 2, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    There are so many products out there that enhance an athletes performance. Soda is just another one of them. If you were to can baking soda then you would have to ban creatine, protein, amino acid, and vitamins. All of these are found in all of the human diet. All of those natural supplements help increase the bodies athletic performance. It is unneccesary to ban these natural supplements.

  2. abendym
    December 6, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I have to agree. There are so many things that can be used to enhance athletes performance, soon they will ban everything. I think this is a bit ridiculous and an overreaction.

  3. twinpate
    December 7, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    It’s becoming more and more implausible that an professional sports league can guard itself from all the potential performance enhancing chemicals that are in the nutritional market today. To limit the use of baking soda seems a little far fetched and not as significant a problem as chemicals like steroids.

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