9 Disgusting Things Athletes Have Tried to Get a Performance Edge

Nine gross and dangerous (not to mention ineffective) practices that prove some misguided athletes will try anything to win.

Downing Raw Eggs

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Downing Raw Eggs

You know that scene in Rocky where he guzzles down a glass of raw eggs? Yeah, that's a bad idea. Even if you set aside the risk of salmonella poisoning, research dating back to this 1998 study in The Journal of Nutrition has found that raw egg protein is actually more difficult to digest than cooked. So bodybuilders and other Sly Stallone-wannabes: Just pick up some whey protein instead. Oregon head football coach Mario Cristobal recently made headlines after downing raw eggs with a recruit to celebrate their commitment.