As the world awaits the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics, doping in athletes remains a hot topic.
Doping, or the use of a compound or procedure that has been banned by the governing body of the sport because it provides an unfair competitive advantage, is governed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). WADA sets the guidelines that most international sports associations follow.
In a Q&A on Michigan Health Lab, Christopher Mendias, Ph.D., A.T.C., an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery and molecular and integrative physiology in the University of Michigan Medical School, explains why WADA regulates certain substances, how that’s changing, and how some of these drugs may help rehabilitate injuries in everyday and elite athletes alike.
Read Mendias’ interview below.