Modern Medicine and Sports: Citius, Altius, Fortius

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2013/01/19 20:50:31 (permalink)

Modern Medicine and Sports: Citius, Altius, Fortius

Citius, Altius, Fortius ... is the motto of the OlympicTM Games: faster, higher, stronger.
 
We humans differ from the animal due to our opposable thumbs, self-awareness, and capacity to reason in the abstract.  Using these capacities we, as a race, have developed a myriad of ways to improve ourselves through modern medicine, broadly defined.
 
Athletes today routinely buy "Ted Williams' 20/10 eyes" for five grand! 
 
In addition to truly miraculous 'minimally invasive' orthopedic procedures (e.g., Adrian Peterson), elite athletes all have trainers, sports psychologists, nutritionists, 21st. Century equipment, etc.  Psychotropic pharmaceutics "legally" treat depression, ADHD, and a range of anxiety disorders.  Even those who have unfortunate personal issues (e.g., Josh Hamilton) even get a "body man" to keep them straight.  Training at high altitude is legal "blood doping", etc.
 
Yes, the non-prescription use of anabolic steroids is 'against the law' - and so is the possession and use of cannabis.  But, when Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens (et al.) were playing it was not against the Rules of MLB.  Even were I to concede to the 'politically correct':  if the pre-steroid Bonds and Clemens are not HOF's, then that honor has no meaning.
 
I will say it simply:  after LASIKTM, Barry Bonds put the sweet spot on the ball better than any other baseball player I have ever seen.  He broke the one record that had truly had been seen as unbreakable:  Ruth's single season slugging average of .847.  He set a record that will NEVER be broken:  120 intentional walks in 2004.  Never was a batter so feared.  On balance I believe that was due more to his "buying Ted Williams' eyes" more than "the clear".
 
Bottom line:  how is LASIKTM so different from "the clear" (which I, at 65 by Rx, apply to myself after showering) and which MLB did not at that time forbid to Bonds and Clemens?
 
Can anyone imagine what Babe Ruth could have achieved with an agent/manager, trainers, sports psychologists, nutritionists, the present medical arts, fitness equipment, etc.?  There is absolutely no doubt that he was the "best that ever was and the best that ever will be".
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