Viagra the key to athletic success?


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     alg-viagra-pills-jpg.jpg   Some athletes will go to extensive lengths to improving their physique in dedication to their sport. They are willing to stick long and painful needles in their muscles daily, keep a strict diet, and spend endless hours obsessing over increasing muscle. However, a bizarre myth of self improvement that has emerged is taking Viagra to improve athletic ability, including Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs.
       The idea behind popping this little blue pill is that because Viagra relaxes the muscles and opens the arteries to increase blood flow, this would also help muscle endurance. With the blood  flow relaxed, theoretically more oxygen would be delivered to places in need during aerobic exercise. That little bit of logic is more than enough for some athletes to consume the pills. However, Don Catlin, a former director of the UCLA Olympic Analytical Lab and researcher at the nonprofit Anti-Doping Research Inc. found no correlation to increased athletic ability while taking Viagra. He also tested athletes like skiers and mountain climbers, trying to discover if the Viagra would help deal with higher altitudes, with no avail. 
      Another researcher named Kevin Jacobs of University of Miami's department of kinesiology and sports sciences, tried to replicate Catlin's experiment. He tested about 60 men and women across two studies and also came up with no correlation while testing altitudes from 2,100 to 3,900 meters. According to this research, I would not suggest an athlete to take Viagra for increased athletic performer. Would you still take the pill regardless of the research against this? Can you think of another reason why Viagra might help athletes perform? 

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