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What are the uses of amphetamine in sports medicine?
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Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
14 doctors agree
In brief: No
No role.

In brief: No
No role.
Dr. Douglas Chang
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Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology
9 doctors agree
In brief: None currently
I would note that some athletes are prescribed forms of amphetamine for other conditions like adhd.
I once coached a football player whose adhd was so bad that he would forget the play between the huddle and the line of scrimmage when he was not on his medicine. Amphetamines were once used by boxers and wrestlers trying to cut weight. This practice has not been endorsed for several decades.

In brief: None currently
I would note that some athletes are prescribed forms of amphetamine for other conditions like adhd.
I once coached a football player whose adhd was so bad that he would forget the play between the huddle and the line of scrimmage when he was not on his medicine. Amphetamines were once used by boxers and wrestlers trying to cut weight. This practice has not been endorsed for several decades.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Dr. Harold Peltan
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree
In brief: Absolutely None
No upside justfies the potential downside!

In brief: Absolutely None
No upside justfies the potential downside!
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Sports
There is no sports governing body that considers amphetamines to be acceptable.
No role as a performance enhancer. All down side.

In brief: Sports
There is no sports governing body that considers amphetamines to be acceptable.
No role as a performance enhancer. All down side.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
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Dr. Harold Peltan
Agree. I would note that some athletes are prescribed forms of amphetamine for other conditions like ADHD. I once coached a football player whose ADHD was so bad that he would forget the play between the huddle and the line of scrimmage when he was not on his medicine. Amphetamines were once used by boxers trying to cut weight. This practice is not endorsed.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Very good points.
Dr. Adam Kinninger
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: None
Amphetamines are banned substances by the ioc, ncaa, mlb, nba, nfl, and nhl.
They increase your risk of cardiovascular events and should only be used when medically indicated for very specific conditions. Even then you may have to gave special clearance from these governing boards to use them.

In brief: None
Amphetamines are banned substances by the ioc, ncaa, mlb, nba, nfl, and nhl.
They increase your risk of cardiovascular events and should only be used when medically indicated for very specific conditions. Even then you may have to gave special clearance from these governing boards to use them.
Dr. Adam Kinninger
Dr. Adam Kinninger
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Dr. Richard Horak ii
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Stimulants
They are stimulants and designed to be a performance enhancing drug.
They are illegal in the NCAA and in professional sports. Don't recommend using them.

In brief: Stimulants
They are stimulants and designed to be a performance enhancing drug.
They are illegal in the NCAA and in professional sports. Don't recommend using them.
Dr. Richard Horak ii
Dr. Richard Horak ii
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Dr. Christopher Conti
Emergency Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: SPEED IN SPORTS MED
Amphetamines are central nervous system stimulants that are the most commonly abused performance-enhancing substance in the sports.
They are illegal in any competitive sports environment where drug testing would occur. They have no legitimate or safe indications for use in sports. No sports medicine provider values their integrity, credibility for medical license would prescribe or recommend them

In brief: SPEED IN SPORTS MED
Amphetamines are central nervous system stimulants that are the most commonly abused performance-enhancing substance in the sports.
They are illegal in any competitive sports environment where drug testing would occur. They have no legitimate or safe indications for use in sports. No sports medicine provider values their integrity, credibility for medical license would prescribe or recommend them
Dr. Christopher Conti
Dr. Christopher Conti
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
4 doctors agree
In brief: No ethical uses
There are no ethical uses for amphetamines in sports.
They are considered performance enhancing substances and are therefore banned, except when prescribed for athletes with ADHD

In brief: No ethical uses
There are no ethical uses for amphetamines in sports.
They are considered performance enhancing substances and are therefore banned, except when prescribed for athletes with ADHD
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree
In brief: None
Sports medicine will not use amphetamines.
it is a banned substance in competitions. Unless you are diagnosed and treated by a non-sports physician for a condition like narcolepsy or adhd and there is significant history and documentation to back that up.

In brief: None
Sports medicine will not use amphetamines.
it is a banned substance in competitions. Unless you are diagnosed and treated by a non-sports physician for a condition like narcolepsy or adhd and there is significant history and documentation to back that up.
Dr. Anthony Vertino
Dr. Anthony Vertino
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Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Mostly banned
Amphetamines are generally banned for organized sports participation.
Certain medications such as ADD medications like Ritalin may qualify with a therapeutic use exemption

In brief: Mostly banned
Amphetamines are generally banned for organized sports participation.
Certain medications such as ADD medications like Ritalin may qualify with a therapeutic use exemption
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
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