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By Ivan Waddington

Why do many athletes possibility their careers through taking performance-enhancing medicines? Do the hugely aggressive pressures of elite activities educate athletes to win at any price?

An advent to medicinal drugs in Sport offers an in depth and systematic exam of drug use in activity and makes an attempt to provide an explanation for why athletes have, during the last 4 a long time, more and more used performance-enhancing medicinal drugs. It bargains a severe assessment of the most important theories of drug use in activity, and offers a close research of the involvement of activities physicians within the improvement and use of performance-enhancing medications. concentrating on drug use inside elite recreation, the ebook bargains an in-depth exam of significant modern subject matters and matters, including:

  • the background of substances in recreation 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 expert soccer and cycling
  • sociological enquiry and the issues of gaining knowledge of medicinal drugs in sport.

Designed to aid scholars discover and comprehend this problematical zone of study in game experiences, and richly illustrated all through with case experiences and empirical info, An creation to medicines in Sport is a useful addition to the literature. it's crucial studying for anyone with an curiosity within the dating among medicines, game and society.

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3 And how, if at all, do these questions relate to the third and more recent objection to drug use, namely that drug use ‘is harmful to the image of sport’ or, as the WADA Code puts it, doping ‘violates the spirit’ of sport? As we shall see, such vaguely defined notions as the ‘image’ or the ‘spirit’ of sport have a ‘catch all’ quality for, in the context of growing social concern about the use of drugs not just in sport but in the wider society in general, they provide a rationale for banning recreational drugs, even though these substances may have no performance-enhancing properties whatsoever.

In other words, what is it about the structure of specifically modern sport and, perhaps more importantly, the structure of the wider society of which sport is a part, which has been associated with the development of anti-doping policies in sport? Armed with these questions, we are now in a position to examine the arguments in relation to health and cheating which are most commonly used to justify current anti-doping policies in sport. Before we examine these arguments, however, it is necessary to make one final preliminary point.

In an interview with BBC Sport, he said that ‘every sport will struggle to recoup money lost from tobacco’, and that ‘Over 30 years sports have benefited enormously from tobacco sponsorship’ (BBC Sport, 2005). Sir Rodney’s priorities are not without significance for, perhaps as much as any other single person, he can be regarded as the authentic voice of British sport; in 1996 he was knighted for his services to the sporting industry and from 1998 to 2006 he was chair of UK Sport, having previously been chair of the GB Sports Council (1994–95) and founder chair of Sport England (1995–98).

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