Inside the locker room: a qualitative study of coaches' anti-doping knowledge, beliefs and attitudes

Engelberg, Terry, and Moston, Stephen (2016) Inside the locker room: a qualitative study of coaches' anti-doping knowledge, beliefs and attitudes. Sport in Society, 19 (7). pp. 942-956.

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It is widely assumed that coaches have an effect on athletes' doping behaviours; however, the means by which this influence can be manifested are only superficially understood. The present study seeks to understand how coaches see their role in directly and indirectly influencing the doping attitudes and behaviours of athletes. Fourteen elite-level coaches participated in focus group discussions. Coaches displayed a low level of knowledge of banned methods and practices. While it was acknowledged that doping was prevalent in sport, coaches believed that doping was not a problem in their own sport, since doping does not aid in the development or implementation of sporting 'skills'. While the findings suggest that coaches support the revised WADA Code, with increased sanctions for coaches, the findings also highlight how coaches may indirectly and inadvertently condone doping. This may be through inaction or the apparent endorsement of pro-doping expectancies.

Item ID: 40904
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1743-0445
Keywords: coaches; doping in sport; performance enhacing substances; Australia; athletes
Funders: Department of Health and Ageing
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2015 03:17
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520107 Sport and exercise psychology @ 50%
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3504 Commercial services > 350405 Sport and leisure management @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950102 Organised Sports @ 100%
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