Doping In Sport - A Losing Battle?

‘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.

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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