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Paralympics: Spinal Cord Injuries Open Door to ‘Boosting’

Published: September 4, 2012

Bryan Kirkland could always spot a booster. Sweaty arms, shaky legs and “chicken skin” were telltale signs of the dangerous practice, banned from the Paralympics for its performance-enhancing effects.

“All I could do was shake my head,” said Kirkland, 41, a Paralympic gold medalist from Leeds, Ala. “It’s so dangerous, and for what: so you can win a race?”

Like blood doping, boosting increases the amount of oxygenated blood circulating in the body. But instead of using blood transfusions and erythropoietin injections, boosters break their toes, block their catheters and crush their scrotums.