Perceived incidence of drug use in Australian sport: A survey of public opinion

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Title Perceived incidence of drug use in Australian sport: A survey of public opinion
Author Moston, Stephen; Skinner, James; Engelberg, Terry
Journal Name Sport in Society
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract In the last few years, a large number of cases have come to light in which celebrated individuals, and even whole teams, have been found to have used either banned performance enhancing or 'recreational' drugs. There are two very different perspectives on this issue. On the one hand, some see the use of banned drugs as a threat to sport, whereas on the other hand, the use of performance enhancing drugs is actually lauded as a way of energizing flagging public interest in sport. This study is the first survey of Australian popular opinion on the incidence and seriousness of drug use in sport. Data were collected via telephone interviews featuring a nationally representative sample of 2520 participants. Results showed that the public believe that a quarter of athletes use banned performance-enhancing drugs, and a third use banned recreational drugs. The sport most commonly identified as one where performanceenhancing drug use is common was athletics (Australian Football League for recreational drugs). The public were strongly opposed to all forms of drug use in sport, yet opinion was divided as to whether anti-doping investigations should be handled by the police. Results are discussed in light of the efforts of anti-doping agencies to enforce rules and procedures that the public may not fully comprehend.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Sport in Society, Vol. 15(1), 2012, pp. 64-77. Sport in Society is available online at: with the open URL of your article.
Volume 15
Issue Number 1
Page from 64
Page to 77
ISSN 1743-0437
Date Accessioned 2012-07-16
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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