An Introduction to Drugs in Sport: Addicted to Winning? by Ivan Waddington

By Ivan Waddington

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

An advent to medicines in Sport presents a close and systematic exam of drug use in activity and makes an attempt to provide an explanation for why athletes have, over the past 4 a long time, more and more used performance-enhancing medicinal drugs. It deals a serious assessment of the most important theories of drug use in recreation, and gives a close research of the involvement of activities physicians within the improvement and use of performance-enhancing medicinal drugs. targeting drug use inside elite recreation, the booklet deals an in-depth exam of significant modern topics and concerns, including:

  • the historical past of gear in game 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 studying medications in sport.

Designed to aid scholars discover and comprehend this frustrating region of study in game experiences, and richly illustrated all through with case reports and empirical facts, An creation to medicines in Sport is a useful addition to the literature. it's crucial interpreting for anyone with an curiosity within the courting among medicines, recreation and society.

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Elias, for example, has pointed out that central to the ethos of the ‘sports’ of Ancient Greece were values such as honour and glory rather than the values of fair play; indeed, he points out that the Greek games – despite the way in which they are sometimes misleadingly depicted as representing the ‘true spirit’ of sport – ‘were not ruled by a great sense of fairness’ (Elias, 1986a: 138), at least in the sense in which we understand it today. For example, one aspect of ‘fairness’ in the modern sports of boxing and wrestling is that each fighter is matched against an opponent of roughly similar weight, but neither the ‘boxers’ nor the ‘wrestlers’ of Olympia were classified according to weight.

This bill was also defeated following intensive lobbying by, amongst others, those associated with the cigarette-sponsored sports under threat (Taylor, 1985: 48–49). In a perhaps even more revealing incident in 1995, the highly successful Swedish yacht Nicorette, which is sponsored by a company which manufactures products designed to help people give up smoking, was banned from the Cape to Rio Race, which is sponsored by the tobacco giant Rothmans. The captain of the Nicorette protested against the decision (which was reversed some two weeks later) by saying that ‘Rothmans is scared of his boat and the healthy lifestyle it seeks to promote’.

They even resorted to pep-pills to provide extra punch and stamina in the First Round against West Ham United in 1924–25. Although fog was about, the prescription was followed of taking them an hour before the start of the game at Upton Park. The fog thickened and the referee abandoned the game, just when the pills were beginning to take effect. The pills left a bitter taste, a raging thirst and pent-up energy for which there was no outlet. It was the same again on the Monday. The pills were taken and once more fog intervened.

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