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by Shane Stokes
November 14, 2017
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The authors of a recent study which showed possible performance-enhancing effects from tramadol have said that it is too soon to make recommendations to WADA about the possible banning of the substance. “We cannot make any recommendation to WADA on the basis of these two experiments,” Daniel Sanabria told CyclingTips.
Sanabria is one of the authors of the research paper which was conducted by researchers at the University of Kent and the University of Granada and accepted for publication in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.
“This is the first randomized controlled trial using a double-blind methodology to test the effect of tramadol on cycling performance. We need to accumulate more empirical evidence (e.g., replicating our study) in order to make any formal recommendation regarding the effect of tramadol on physical and cognitive (and brain) performance.”
Tramadol is a powerful painkiller that is reported to have been used by some within the peloton, numbing pain, but also coming with side effects. These include the danger of becoming hooked on what is a very addictive medication, and also an alleged increase in the number of crashes as a result of disorientation and greater risk taking. Taylor Phinney was one of the first to warn about its use. “You see so many late-race stupid crashes that I almost wouldn’t be surprised if some or most of those crashes are caused by people taking these hard-hitting painkillers at the end of races,” he said in 2012.
“There is widespread use of finish bottles, which are just bottles of crushed up caffeine pills and painkillers. That stuff can make you pretty loopy, and that is why I have never tried it. I don’t even want to try it as I feel it dangerous.”
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