Doping has become one of the most important and high-profile issues in contemporary sport. Shocking cases such as that of Lance Armstrong and the US Postal cycling team have exposed the complicated relationships between athletes, teams, physicians, sports governing bodies, drugs providers, and judicial systems, all locked in a constant struggle for competitive advantage.
The Routledge Handbook of Drugs and Sport is simply the most comprehensive and authoritative survey of social scientific research on this hugely important issue ever to be published. It presents an overview of key topics, problems, ideas, concepts and cases across seven thematic sections, which include chapters addressing:
With contributions from many of the world’s leading researchers into drugs and sport, this book is the perfect starting point for any advanced student, researcher, policy maker, coach or administrator looking to develop their understanding of an issue that has had, and will continue to have, a profound impact on the development of sport.
"The handbooks in the Routledge series of International Handbooks are not only aimed at scholars. Rather, they are also directed at becoming an essential source of information for the general public and organizations dealing with the topics addressed. Deservedly, The Routledge Handbook of Drugs and Sport achieves these goals. It is not hyperbolic to refer to it as ‘the bible’ of drug use in sport … Other books in the market attempt to summarize the cultural and social aspects of doping, but they are little more than that, a summary. The wide variety of approaches in the Handbook gives it a unique richness and variety unlike any other academic publication on doping to this date … The book is a must-have for anybody interested in the cultural and social aspects of doping in sport." - Francisco Javier López Frías, Pennsylvania State University, Sport, Ethics and Philosophy
Introduction Part 1: The construction of the doping problem 1.The Concept of Doping 2. Understanding Performance-Enhancing Substances and Sanctions Against Their Use From the Perspective of History 3. Does the Conceptualisation of Doping in Sport reflect a Moral Panic 4. The Spirit of Sport, and the World Anti-Doping Code 5. Performance-enhancing biomedical technology in sport: Where are the limits? Part 2: Drug use in various sports 6. Drug Use in Athletics 7. Drug Use in Baseball 8. Drug Use in Cycling 9. Drug Use In Professional Football 10. Drug use in skiing 11. Drug Use in Swimming 12. Drug use in animal sports Part 3: Key cases 13. Ben Johnson, Steroids, and the Spirit of High-Performance Sport 14. The East German Doping Programme 15. The 1998 Tour de France – Festina, from scandal to an affair in cycling 16. Lance Armstrong Part 4: Anti-doping policy and politics 17. Anti-Doping Policy Before 1999 18. Bilateral collaboration: A tool to improve anti-doping compliance? 19. Anti-doping Education for Athletes 20. Doping prevention – demands and reality: Why education of athletes is not enough 21. The Future of Anti-Doping Policy 22. Revisiting the Drugs-in-Sport Problem: A Manifesto for a New Deal Part 5: Key themes 23. The Prohibited List and its Implications 24. ‘Strict Liability’ and Legal Rights: Nutritional Supplements, ‘Intent’ and ‘Risk’ in the Parallel World of WADA 25. WADA’s Whereabouts Requirements and Privacy 26. Implications of Anti-Doping Regulations for Athletes’ Wellbeing 27. Effectiveness, proportionality and deterrence: does criminalizing doping deliver? 28. Healthy Doping: Why We Should Legalise Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sport 29. Doping and Performance Enhancement: Harms and Harm Reduction Part 6: Approaches to understanding doping in elite sport 30. Drug Use and Deviant Overconformity 31. Game theoretic approaches to doping in sport 32. Towards an Understanding of Drug Use in Sport: a Medical Sociological Perspective Part 7: Drug use outside elite sport 33. Drug use in Gyms 34. Dopers in Uniform: Police Officers’ Use of Anabolic Steroids in the United States
Watch a recording of the live webinar from March 2015 where Verner Møller discusses how we might tackle the controversial issue of doping in sport.