Fighting against drugs in boxing: The dangers of Cocaine

Ringside 21/02/2019
World Boxing Council

It is known by all that an undefined percentage of boxers suffers some drug addiction at some point in their career.

Many of them come from difficult origins and from days in which they had to struggle hungry to overcome challenging adversity.

The humble origin from which many fighters come is a trigger, plus a rapid and fleeting popularity and fame that provides everything imaginable.

Suddenly that young person who had nothing, has everything.

From one moment to another there are a lot of money, parties, “friends”, fame and glory. Among all this the enemy that lurks with stealth, waiting for the moment when the boxer feels invincible, namely the scourge of drugs.

In general, drug use starts for several reasons: The majority is that almost all this type of substance abuse produces intense sensations of pleasure.

This initial effect of euphoria is followed by others, which vary according to the type of drug consumed.

For example, with stimulants such as cocaine, the feeling of euphoria is almost always accompanied by feelings of power, self-confidence and greater energy.

Some others who suffer from anxiety or disorders related to stress and depression, begin to abuse drugs in an attempt to diminish feelings of anguish.

And of course in some cases to perform better, chemically increasing their cognitive abilities or physical performance.

Cases known as the great Julio César Chávez, Carlos Zárate, Mike Tyson, Hilario Zapata, Wilfredo Gómez, Alfonso Zamora, Sugar Ray Leonard, are examples of stars that reached the top and for various reasons were influenced in the wrong way. Furthermore, theye were buying a false happiness.

The relationship between athletes and doping substances goes back a long way. It is there are some records even in Ancient Greece, in the Olympic Games of the third century BC. Some athletes resorted to certain mushrooms to increase their performance. That is according to with the Royal Academy terminology, which defines doping as: Administering drugs or stimulating substances TO ARTIFICIALLY ENHANCE the performance, sometimes, with danger to health.

Cocaine, for example, acts directly on the central nervous system and not on the muscular system. As a result, this drug has no effect on the muscles.

Therefore, athletes often use it in small doses to hide fatigue, achieving training without too much difficulty or simply as a recreational drug.

Danger of its consumption:

– sudden death

– increase in predisposition to arrhythmias

-ventricular fibrillation

– significant decrease in corollary blood flow

– sudden decrease in oxygen supply

– rapid weight loss

– permanent damage to the heart, brain and / or blood vessels

– heart attacks

– loss of sense of smell

– damage to the liver, kidneys and / or lungs

– destruction of nasal tissues

– respiratory insufficiency

– high blood pressure

Different cases and reasons with one factor in common. They have a feeling like being in “hell”. All who have walked through this dark passage of addictions agree that it is like visiting the abyss.

Fortunately, many fighters have rectified this. Overcoming one of the most important battles where life itself is at stake.

Above all, let’s fight together to avoid the consumption of drugs because together we can win this fight!