What’s the meaning of a “PED test” and what does it have to do with Dana White and Jake Paul’s beef?
Social Media personality and boxer Jake Paul has recently been seen in more online beef with Dana White, the President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The drama seems to have started after White appeared on The Fight with Teddy Atlas, challenging Paul to a PED test.
So what is a PED test, how is it carried out and what are the consequences if an athlete fails it?
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What is a PED test? Meaning explored
A PED test stands for a Performance Enhanced Drug test. This is most commonly used on athletes to test if any drugs have been taken to enable them to perform faster or stronger.
There are several PED’s that can be tested for including anabolic steroids, human growth hormone and stimulants.
A PED test looks at the hormones of the individual who is being tested to see what they have consumed or if they have consumed anything at all.
Testing can take place whether an individual is in competition season or just training. The United States Anti-Doping Agency uses testing to ensure ‘every athlete has a right to fair competition’.
How is a PED test carried out?
To test an individual for a PED, a sample is required. This is most commonly urine, however, blood, hair and saliva can occasionally be used depending on the type of PED that is being tested for.
The process of collecting the sample can take just minutes, however, results can be seen from 30 minutes until up to three hours.
Once the result is clear, it will be examined against the World Anti-Doping Agency‘s list of prohibited substances.
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What are the consequences of a PED test?
Across most sports, the consequences of testing positive for a PED can vary. The results of the test are examined on a case by case basis but consequences can include a ban on competing and disqualification from a competition if the individual is currently competing at the time of the test.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency also carry out testing on athletes for ethical but also health reasons. According to their website, ‘athletes who use prohibited substances, such as peptide hormones and anabolic agents, are at greater risk of serious health complications, including liver damage, stroke, and heart attack.’