What if it really was an accident? The psychology of unintentional doping

Chan, Derwin King Chung, Ntoumanis, Nikos, Gucciardi, Daniel F., Donovan, Robert J., Dimmock, James A., Hardcastle, Sarah J., and Hagger, Martin S. (2016) What if it really was an accident? The psychology of unintentional doping. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 50 (15). pp. 898-899.

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Doping refers to the use of prohibited performance-enhancing substances or methods in sport. It is considered a serious offence in sport that has many negative consequences, including titles being stripped, bans from participating, damage to reputation and ill health. As doping is assumed to be a pre-meditated action, engaging in this behaviour has been predominantly attributed to athletes' decision-making processes and moral values or obligations. An increasing volume of literature has focused on the psychological factors associated with doping or doping intention, such as motivation, sportsmanship, moral disengagement and social-cognitive factors.

These studies make a central assumption that doping is a consciously controlled and goal-directed behaviour. However athletes may dope unintentionally because they are not aware that food, drinks, supplements, or medications may contain doping substances. Therefore, one of the key antidoping strategies of WADA, apart from doping control, is to enhance athletes' antidoping awareness and their capacity to avoid unintentional doping.

Item ID: 61563
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 1473-0480
Keywords: doping, psychology, unintentional doping, self -monitoring, self-regulation
Copyright Information: © 2016 BMJ Publishing Group Limited
Funders: Australian Government anti-doping research program
Projects and Grants: Grant No. 01-CURTIN-2011–12
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2020 03:53
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920414 Substance Abuse @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 50%
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