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Backstrom popped for doping

Postby scpensfan on Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:44 am

AP: Backstrom out of gold medal game because he was popped for doping.
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby columbia on Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:47 am

Sweden’s star center Nicklas Backstrom wasn’t allowed to play in the gold medal game against Canada after testing positive for a banned substance.

An NHLPA source tells Yahoo Sports that Backstrom violated anti-doping rules after using an allergy medication. Some, like Claritin, contain pseudoephedrine, a banned substance by the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Federation


http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympi ... 20293.html
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby columbia on Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:50 am

The rules are the rules, but this seems a bit silly.

One of my brothers was helicopter pilot in the army and they were definitely forbidden from taking certain cold and allergy medications, in a certain window before flying.
In a situation like that, it makes sense.
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby Durbano on Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:17 am

And here I thought it would have been AO all along
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby meow on Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:51 am

He took a Claritin D pill. Hardly performance enhancing.
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby penny lane on Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:55 am

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.
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby tfrizz on Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:09 pm

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.
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby MRandall25 on Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:18 pm

Yeah, pseudophedrine is an upper. It's why it's used to make meth.

I feel bad that he didn't get to play, but if you know what's banned, you need to avoid taking it.
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby Desiato on Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:41 pm

Pseudoephedrine is an amphetamine; which are performance enhancing. Amphetamine abuse is widespread in pro sports, including the NHL.

When the eyes of players bulge with dilated pupils, it's not just because they're into the game. It's a real problem that the NHL doesn't want to touch.

I don't think it's detectable in urine for very long which may suggest Backstrom used it during the olympics while other players were going through withdrawal.
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby pensfan1989 on Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:51 pm

Color me shocked that a Capitals player was using a banned substance.
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby Humperdink on Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:39 pm

It was my understanding that Olympic athletes are to ingest no medications, none, zero, without approval from the team medical staff. What was he thinking?
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby Gaucho on Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:10 pm

Funny how many endurance athletes have some sort of allergy.
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby ShaPe on Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:44 pm

Bäckström had talked to the team doctor and was given the green light to take them (I think the doctor said one a day).
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby Humperdink on Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:02 pm

ShaPe wrote:Bäckström had talked to the team doctor and was given the green light to take them (I think the doctor said one a day).


Great advice.
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby Tomas on Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:08 pm

ShaPe wrote:Bäckström had talked to the team doctor and was given the green light to take them (I think the doctor said one a day).


...and would anybody expect any team doctor anywhere on the planet to say anything else? :wink:
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby jimjom on Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:18 pm

Agree that Claritin barely works, LOL. So not worth it.

Sudafed just makes me tired and spacey. I could never play a hockey game on that stuff.
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby tfrizz on Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:26 pm

jimjom wrote:Agree that Claritin barely works, LOL. So not worth it.

Sudafed just makes me tired and spacey. I could never play a hockey game on that stuff.


Claritin also doesn't contain pseudoephedrine, but Claritin-D does.
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby MalkinIsMyHomeboy on Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:01 pm

I'm pretty sure Backstrom doesn't pass the "is he taking steriods?" eye test.
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby meecrofilm on Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:04 pm

Desiato wrote:Pseudoephedrine is an amphetamine; which are performance enhancing. Amphetamine abuse is widespread in pro sports, including the NHL.

When the eyes of players bulge with dilated pupils, it's not just because they're into the game. It's a real problem that the NHL doesn't want to touch.


And yet, Orpik still sucks. :pop:
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby She'sTheFastest on Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:21 pm

jimjom wrote:Agree that Claritin barely works, LOL. So not worth it.

Sudafed just makes me tired and spacey. I could never play a hockey game on that stuff.


Sudafed plays tricks on me. Crazy stuff.
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Re: Backstrom popped for doping

Postby penny lane on Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:18 pm

meecrofilm wrote:
Desiato wrote:Pseudoephedrine is an amphetamine; which are performance enhancing. Amphetamine abuse is widespread in pro sports, including the NHL.

When the eyes of players bulge with dilated pupils, it's not just because they're into the game. It's a real problem that the NHL doesn't want to touch.


And yet, Orpik still sucks. :pop:

cruel... but funny! 8-) :lol:
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