For a long time, it could be said that with some validity that drugs not help athletes perform better. That is no longer the case. It is could increasingly difficult to assure that amateur athletes, even high school athletes, are not training and competing with the aid of testosterone and its precursors, or erythropoetin. Malcolm Gladwell has written a very informative account of how athletes and their trainers avoid detection by agencies attempting to maintain the integrity of sport. Chemists are involved on all sides of this question. Athletes, fans, and chemistry students will find this piece informative. You can read this whole article online by clicking on the title above.