A Canadian doctor who has treated golfer Tiger Woods and many of the world’s top athletes has been arrested after being linked to performance- enhancing drugs. The Toronto office of Dr. Tony Galea was raided in October after his assistant was caught at the U.S.-Canadian border trying to smuggle illegal performance-enhancing drugs into the country. The assistant was carrying human growth hormone and Actovegin (which is essentially strained, concentrated calves blood.)

Meanwhile, the New York Daily News ran a story linking Galea’s partner, chiropractor Mark Lindsay, to the disgraced company BALCO. Lindsay treated Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones-two athletes who went to prison for using illegal performance-enhancing drugs or lying to the FBI about using PED’s. Lindsay also has ties to other BALCO athletes such as former NFL player and supended drug user Bill Romanowski.

The New York Times also ran a story today linking Tiger Woods’ doctor, Galea, to performance-enhancing drugs. In fact, the Times article notes that Galea injects himself with human growth hormone five times a week. Galea even credits HGH for being able to keep a wife 20 years younger than himself. HGH is legal in Canada. The PGA has started drug testing players for performance-enhancing substances and made their first player suspension last month.

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  1. c Says:

    Recovery is a major, perhaps *the* major, advantage from performance enhancing drugs. Casual fans have no clue, it seems, regarding this aspect of competitive sports. Baseball and golf are similar in that both sports are played day after day. In a major golf tournament it’s four straight days. Power hitters in baseball historically see their numbers drop off a cliff after the all star break *due to fatigue* as the dog days of the season wear on. The PED users were able to *recover* from game to game and hit *consistently* 6, 7, 8 + home runs a month. No drop off. Bat speed as well played a role.

    In golf fatigue turns into mental mistakes. Fatigue also effects, obviously, form. Tiger’s advantage would be tremendous, physically and mentally, over the four days of a tournament, over his competition with PEDS. And in golf just one or two degrees of advantage will translate, over each hole, into tremendous advantage.

    As a sports fan I look for three things before I don’t give the athlete the benefit of the doubt: 1. are they ‘built’ in a noticeable way. Maybe not huge, but unusually ‘cut’ or large, just enough to say, hmm. He didn’t look like that before. 2. are they dominating their sport to an unusual degree. Not necessarily a strange or unbelievable degree, but just strangely dominant. 3. Are they known to associate with performance enhancing drug users or people who provide them. Tiger now is a ‘yes’ on each count. I don’t have to follow rules of evidence like a court of law. As a fan Tiger is now in Barry Bonds territory, he is no longer to be taken seriously as an athlete, and that goes for his accomplishments as well.

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