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Track and Field and Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Performance-enhancing drugs are one of the most well-known scourges of the sports world and affect a wide variety of competitive sports at all levels, ranging from international competition all the way down to, in some cases, middle and high school events. They are commonly called PEDs and also colloquially called steroids, because anabolic steroids and some of their precursors are the most commonly used PEDs in many sports; however, agencies that check for these types of drugs and sports commentators and regulatory bodies in general use the umbrella term performance-enhancing drugs to refer to a much wider variety of substances that athletes use to unfairly improve their performance over that of other players.

One sport in which PEDs are used quite often is track and field, ...

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