With the topic of doping becoming more present in media as the summer Olympics near, it is important to know all athletes participating are held to a high standard. That includes in terms of drug use – doping is not permitted. In fact, this year, the IAAF has banned the Russian track and field team for allegedly “doping”, but the team is now working to redeem themselves.
Doping in Athletics
The athletes are filing a class action with the court of arbitration for sport in regards to this alleged doping scandal. Now there could be a light at the end of the tunnel for these athletes. The IAAF says if athletes can prove they trained outside the country, they could be considered for participation. That’s according to “The Guardian”.
What is “Doping”?
Doping is when athletes in competitive sports use a banned drug to enhance their performances. It is completely illegal, unethical, and out of the question for professional athletes. Doping is forbidden in most sports organizations – from national and international to the International Olympic Committee. Anti-doping authorities say that doping goes against teamwork and the fun of competition in any sport.
Doping has become a universal problem – involved with international sporting events world-wide. Sports organizations that are led by the International Olympic Committee have attempted to stop the spread of doping, but have had little effect. These organizations expected the substance-abuse to decrease – but that’s not the case. Instead, new, more powerful and undetectable doping techniques are now abused.
Why doping is prohibited:
First and foremost, doping is illegal for athletic safety. Putting athletes’ health at risk is not an option. Second of all, doping is a form of cheating. In order to maintain friendly competition, doping has been eliminated from any athletic scenario.
If you think your family member or friend may be participating in “doping”, you can make a difference by reaching out to help them.
Signs your loved one could be using performance-enhancing drugs:
- Seems anxious or nervous
- Makes new friends and disowns/avoids their old ones
- Acts secretive and changes habits
- Motivation decreases
- Has emotional outbursts
- Experiences insomnia
- Loses respect from others
- Is full of anger and aggression
- Has mood swings
Sometimes it’s hard to know when to step in and intervene with your loved ones’ addictions to performance-enhancing substances. But if you keep an eye out for specific signs, it helps make addiction more apparent.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.