Health and doping in elite level cycling.
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Référence APALentillon-Kaestner, V., Hagger, M., & Hardcastle, S. (2012). Health and doping in elite level cycling. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 22(5), 596-606. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12162/156
RésuméThe protection of the health of athletes is one of the threecriteria taken into account when registering a substance inthe World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. Neverthe-less, in elite-level cycling, banned substance use is wide-spread. The present research adopted a psychologicalapproach to examine how or whether perceived health risksinﬂuence elite-level cyclists’ decisions to use banned sub-stances. Sixteen semi-structured interviews were conductedwith cyclists hoping to join a professional team (n 5 6), neo-professional cyclists (n 5 2), and former professional cy-clists (n 5 8). Although an evolution was observed in theorganization of doping and perceptions of doping over thelast decade, the perceived health hazards did not inﬂuence,most of the time, decisions to use banned substances amongthe sample of cyclists. There was a systematization ofexogenous substance use in the cycling environment and atrivialization of the side effects of the banned substances.Finally, younger cyclists were not concerned about the long-term health consequences of banned substances; they weremore focused on the short-term performance-enhancingbeneﬁts. There is a need to implement more effectivepreventive programs to change athletes’ attitudes towarddoping and its health risks.
Titre du périodiqueScandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
Maison d’éditionWiley-Blackwell Publ.
Volume / tome22
URL permanente ORFEEhttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12162/156
Autre(s) URL(s) permanente(s)http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0838.2010.01281.x
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