Definition: "An ergogenic aid is any substance or phenomenon that enhances performance "
Proof: show wrestling kills
A show wrestler aged between 35 and 54 is three times more likely to die than his non-wrestling age mates. American sports scientists report this in PLoS One. Wrestlers are 15 times more likely to suffer a fatal heart attack or stroke than normal. We all knew this really, but now we have scientific proof: there's something badly wrong with professional wrestling.
The researchers gathered data on 557 male wrestlers who were active between 1985 and 2011 from public sources such as the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and the WWE's officially licensed published Encyclopedia. They then compared the number of deaths in this group with the number of deaths in a comparable group of men who were not wrestlers.
The chance of developing a fatal form of cancer was 6.4 times higher among wrestlers than the healthy population. The chance of fatal cardiovascular disease was 15.4 times higher. And the chance of meeting a drugs-related death was a whopping 122.7 times more likely.
When the researchers analysed the figures more deeply, they discovered that the age of the wrestlers was not a factor in their mortality. It was above all the number of years that the men had been active professional wrestlers that increased the chance of early death. The longer a wrestler's career lasts, the more likely he is to kick the bucket.
On further analysis, the researchers discovered that the wrestlers were also more likely to die prematurely the heavier they were. It is possible that heavyweight wrestlers also use more anabolic steroids.
"Results from this study may be useful for professional wrestlers, and may be useful for the development of future wellness policy and medical care implementation among professional wrestling organizations."