‘Doping’ is the use of a drug or blood product for the purpose of enhancing sports performance.
Anti- doping tests first came into play in the mid 60’s after a Danish cyclist died during the Rome Olympic games.
An article in the Journal of Internal Medicine illustrated the great work that has been done since then in limiting the cheating that goes on through doping in sport!
Chart Showing the Prevalence of Positive Steroid Use Over Time
The pink squares represent the number of athletes tested for doping, whilst the blue diamond’s illustrate a clear decline in reported doping relative to tests! As testing frequency increased, the level of steroid doping apparently decreased. Despite the notable decline in positive steroid tests, it seems other ways of enhancing performance may be going unnoticed! Will the sport administrators and moderating bodies such as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Olympic Committee – Medical Commission (IOC-MC) always be one or more steps behind??
The sad truth seems to be… quite possibly!
Catlin, D, H., Fitch, K, D., & Ljungqvist, A (2008). Medicine and science in the fight against doping in sport. Journal of Internal Medicine. 2: 99-114.