Last updated on: 12/8/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Jason Barker, PhD Biography

Title:
Nutraceutical and sports medicine industry consultant
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“The use of stimulants to enhance athletic potential is unacceptable. Numerous beverages are marketed to consumers (and athletes) that contain actual stimulants and other ingredients that have purported stimulant effects because they believe athletes will use whatever they can in hopes of fighting fatigue or obtaining an extra boost despite that countless sporting organizations blatantly object to the use of any stimulant, in any form in athletic training and competition.

Consuming so-called ‘energy enhancers’ will never make up for proper training, diet, rest and commitment. Performance results from intense training and the proper combination of dietary strategies with adequate rest and recovery. Chances are if one feels the need to consume a stimulant, that urge is there to compensate for other shortcomings in training.”

“The Adverse Role of Stimulants in Sports,” www.gleukos.com (accessed Dec. 4, 2008)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Clinical Practice, Center for Spine Pain, Highlands Ranch, Colorado, 2008-present
  • Director of Sport Science, Gleukos Performance Beverage, 2003-present
  • Clinical Practice, Back In Motion Sports Injuries Clinic, 2005-2007
  • Clinical Practice, HealthMax LLC, 2004-2007
  • Clinical Consultant, ZRT laboratories, 2004-2005
  • Clinical Practice, National College of Naturopathic Medicine-Natural Health Centers, 2001-2004
  • Intern, Naturopathic Medicine Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center Scottsdale, Arizona, 2000-2001
  • Former Emergency Medical Technician/Winter Emergency Care Technician, 1994-1997
  • Guest Speaker on numerous television and radio shows
  • Volunteer physician for numerous charities
  • Member, Colorado Association of Naturopathic Physicians
  • Member, Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Education:
  • Certificate in Clinical Research Oregon Health & Sciences University
    Portland, Oregon, 2006
  • Residency in Family Medicine, Natural Health Centers, Portland, Oregon, 2001-2003
  • Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners-State Naturopathic Medical License, 2001
  • PhD, Naturopathic Medicine, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2001
  • BS, Exercise and Sport Medicine, Colorado State University, 1993
  • International Sports Medicine Association Personal Trainer Certification, 1992
Other:
  • None Found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Stimulants Use Be Accepted in Sports?