An Introduction to Drugs in Sport: Addicted to Winning? - download pdf or read online

By Ivan Waddington

ISBN-10: 0415431247

ISBN-13: 9780415431248

Why do many athletes chance their careers via taking performance-enhancing medications? Do the hugely aggressive pressures of elite activities train athletes to win at any fee?

An advent to medicines in Sport offers a close and systematic exam of drug use in game and makes an attempt to give an explanation for why athletes have, over the past 4 a long time, more and more used performance-enhancing medications. It bargains a severe evaluation of the foremost theories of drug use in game, and offers an in depth research of the involvement of activities physicians within the improvement and use of performance-enhancing medications. targeting drug use inside elite activity, the ebook deals an in-depth exam of vital modern subject matters and concerns, including:

  • the heritage of gear in activity and altering styles of use
  • fair play, dishonest and the ‘spirit of sport’
  • WADA and the way forward for anti-doping policy
  • drug use in specialist soccer and cycling
  • sociological enquiry and the issues of learning medications in sport.

Designed to assist scholars discover and comprehend this troublesome quarter of analysis in activity stories, and richly illustrated all through with case experiences and empirical information, An creation to medicinal drugs in Sport is a useful addition to the literature. it really is crucial studying for anyone with an curiosity within the courting among medicines, activity and society.

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The rationale for this was perfectly clear; in the words of the then president of the IOC’s medical commission, ‘Marijuana does not affect sporting performance’. A similar position was expressed by Professor Arnold Beckett, another leading member of the IOC medical commission, 36 Fair play, cheating and the ‘spirit of sport’ who argued that ‘If we started looking at the social aspect of drug-taking then we would not be doing our job’ (The Times, 14 September 1988). Some sporting bodies at the time took a similarly tolerant position in relation to the use of cocaine which, although technically a stimulant and therefore on the list of prohibited drugs, is also very widely used for ‘recreational’ purposes.

Let us turn to examine these issues. ‘Recreational’ drugs in sport As we noted earlier, throughout the 1980s, many sporting bodies, including the IOC, took a relatively tolerant attitude towards the use of ‘social’ or 40 Fair play, cheating and the ‘spirit of sport’ ‘recreational’ drugs. However, in 1990, the IOC signalled a change in its position in relation to one of the most widely used recreational drugs, marijuana. The IOC was reported to have changed its policy not because it considered that marijuana boosted athletic performance but on the grounds that it was held to be ‘damaging to youth’ (European, 8–10 June 1990).

2 years, which is not even long enough to qualify a player for inclusion in the league’s pension plan! One can only wonder at the reaction of players when told that they should not use performance-enhancing drugs because they might damage their health! Not only is it the case that elite level sport involves serious risks to the health of athletes, but there are also serious doubts about whether those who have a legal (and, some would argue, a moral) responsibility for the health of athletes – that is the national and international federations and, in the case of professional players, the clubs which employ them – are taking appropriate steps to safeguard the health of their athletes.

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