Drugs in sport: a societal perspective

Dickinson, C., and Quirk, F. (2009) Drugs in sport: a societal perspective. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 12 (S1). p. 81.

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Introduction: The purpose of this research is to investigate opinions surrounding performance enhancing drug and method use in Australian sport. The ranking of drugs in sport as compared to other social issues, such as child abuse and drink driving, will be explored. In addition, the implications of non-compliance with anti-doping policies are explored. The effectiveness of organisations in preventing PED or method use is also examined. Methodology: Five experimental groups are incorporated in the design of this study. The groups comprise non-active participants, regular exercisers (at least weekly), amateur sporting club members, professional athletes, and coaches or trainers. These experimental groups address the range of engagement with physical activity. Each participant is presented with a number of statements regarding performance enhancing drug and method use in sport and are asked to answer on a scale of strongly disagree to strongly agree their opinion of the statement. Data analysis will focus on the comparisons between the different levels of engagement of each group and the responses provided. The sample size for each experimental group is 50, providing a total sample size of 250 participants. All participants are over the age of 18 years. Results and Conclusions: This research will provide a greater understanding of perceptions of PED and method use in Australian sport and will highlight the underlying importance of drugs in sport from a societal point of view. The research will provide valuable information for those engaged with and in sport. A follow up study is intended to address those factors found to increase the probability of compliance or non-compliance with anti-doping policies.

Item ID: 9954
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1878-1861
Date Deposited: 06 May 2010 04:17
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 60%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology @ 40%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 50%
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