1st Edition

Fastest, Highest, Strongest A Critique of High-Performance Sport

By Rob Beamish, Ian Ritchie Copyright 2006
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    Fastest, Highest, Strongest presents a comprehensive challenge to the dominant orthodoxy concerning the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport.

    Examining the political and economic transformation of the Olympic Movement during the twentieth century, the authors argue that the realities of modern sport require a serious reassessment of current policies, in particular the ban on the use of certain substances and practices. The book includes detailed discussion of:

    * The historical importance of World War II and the Cold War in the development of a high-performance culture in sport

    * The changing Olympic project: from amateurism to a fully professionalized approach

    * The changing meaning of "sport"

    * The role of sport science, technology and drugs in pursuing ever-better performance

    * The major ethical and philosophical arguments used to support the ban on performance-enhancing substances in sport.

    Fastest, Highest, Strongest is a profound critical examination of modern sport. Its straightforward style will appeal to under- and post-graduate students as well as scholars of sports ethics and history, policy makers and all those interested in the changing nature of sport.

    1. From de Coubertin's Dream to High-Performance Sport: The Shifting Dynamics of Olympic Sport 2. Steroids: Nazi Propaganda, Cold War Fears, and 'Androgenized' Women 3. 'Sport,' German Traditions, and the Development of 'Training' 4. From Stalingrad to Helsinki: The Development of German Sport Systems 5. 'Something had altered in the faces of the pigs …' The Convergence of Sport in the GDR and FRG 6. Ethics Reconsidered: The Spirit of Sport, the Level Playing Field, and Harm to the Athlete. Conclusion: The Brave New World of High-Performance Sport


    Rob Beamish, Ian Ritchie