penny lane wrote:
meow wrote:He took a Claritin D pill. Hardly performance enhancing.
It barely helps with the allergies.
This is on Backstrom though; they all know what will show up in their waste.
Elliotte Friedman echoed the same sentiment - he hardly considers Claritin to be performance enhancing.
I've got no problem with players taking it if they legitimately need it. However, they've got nobody to blame but the very same athletes who were abusing the system by taking cold & allergy medication back in the 90s and early 2000s to enhance their breathing despite being perfectly healthy.http://www.cnnsi.com/vault/article/maga ... /index.htm
The brand names vary—pseudoephedrine can be found in dozens of cold remedies—but Sudafed remains the most popular choice for players who want a pick-me-up. It's the NHL's dirty little secret, and with the Olympics imminent, it is of great concern to the league because although Sudafed is legal, it is on the Olympic list of banned substances. Consider the following:
?Anecdotal accounts of Sudafed abuse in the league abound. A former coach says one of his players built up such a tolerance to the medication that he had to gobble 20 pills to get the desired boost.
Unfortunately for Backstrom, Claritin-D contains pseudoephedrine (regular Claritin does not)
which is a banned substance.