CategorySports Medicine

Legalising Performance Enhancing Drugs: An Opinion


‘Do we want to see the highest possible achievements by men and women who do not use performance-enhancing drugs? If so, what counts as performance-enhancing? If sports fans really want to see achievement that they can relate to, perhaps athletes should be restricted to diets of pizza and beer, and be required to have 40-hour-a-week desk jobs’ – David Epstein in Sports Illustrated At the London...

Foot Overpronation: Causes, Issues and Treatments


Foot overpronation describes a condition in which the foot is prone to tipping over on the inside during the normal walking gait. This can place strain on the joints, muscles and tendons and lead to imbalances throughout the body even affecting the knees and back when we walk. If you consider that the average person takes somewhere between 8-10,000 steps every day, then it becomes apparent that...

How to Avoid the Most Common Sports Injuries


Playing sports is something that’s supposed to be incredibly good for you. You build muscle, you burn fat and you generally increase your fitness – all of this while spending time outside and getting fresh air in many cases. Unfortunately though, playing sports can sometimes also have the opposite effect, and there are a number of common injuries associated with a range of sports that can...

What Is Clenbuterol?


Clenbuterol is a performance enhancing drug that is not a steroid like Dianabol or Anavar. Rather, this is a drug that is commonly used by performance athletes and particularly long-distance runners. Increasingly however, it is also being used as a weight loss aid, owing to its ability to increase the metabolism for rapid ‘lipogenesis’. But how precisely does this drug work? And is it something...

Addiction to Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids – A New Disease!


As we all know, anabolic-androgenic steroids are used to gain lean muscle mass; in the process either getting big (as in bodybuilding) or improving sporting performance (as in track and field). While casual and limited use of these AAS appears to be harmless, those who indulge in regular and chronic use tend to get addicted; they exhibit dependence on these substances with adverse functional...

Genes Doping for Enhanced Performance in Sports


The age of gene-doping is here! Recent advances in human genome research will soon make it easy to go shopping for tailor-made cardiovascular systems and muscles to suite your sport. According to some, even as we speak, athletes may already be ‘doing it’ (in fact, since the Beijing Olympics in 2008!). Mention of gene doping (as a prohibited method) appeared in WADA’s banned anti-doping list for...

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Sports


Using chest compressions and rescue breaths with a view of sustaining supply of oxygenated blood to vital organs, especially brain, is what constitutes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); the ultimate aim being to prevent death or permanent damage to brain tissue due to lack of oxygen. Paramedics tend to use terms such as CPR, basic life support (BLS) or adult basic life support more often while...

Sports Injuries in Children


Young athletes are often treated as ‘small adults’ when it comes to treating sports-related injuries. However, the fact remains that children are both anatomically and physiologically different from adults. Furthermore, the pathogenesis (course of development) of most of these injuries varies dramatically from that of adults. To treat these injuries, orthopods tend to follow treatment protocols...

Dr. Deepak S Hiwale

Dr. Deepak S Hiwale

Dr. Deepak S Hiwale, a.k.a "The Fitness Doc" specializes in sports medicine in addition to being an elite personal trainer. He currently runs an elite personal training company in West London. As a sports injury and fitness writer-presenter, he tries to disseminate as much knowledge as possible for the benefit of all. MBBS (University of Pune); MSC, Sports and Exercise Medicine (University of Glasgow); Diploma in Personal Training (YMCA Dip. PT, London).

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