What is erythropoietin (epo) (epoetin) used in sports for?
Erythropoietin in sport belongs to the group of doping drugs under the general name "blood doping".
With the introduction of erythropoietin in the body of an athlete increases the concentration of red blood cells in the blood; the higher their concentration, the more oxygen is delivered to the muscle cells; in sport, this means improved athletic performance and performance.
The use of erythropoietin in sports is especially common in those types in which endurance is required, such as long-distance running, cycling, cross-country skiing, biathlon, triathlon, etc.
A better supply of muscles with oxygen removes the moment of onset of fatigue and allows you to run / go longer and faster.