Drugs and Sports

Drugs and Sports

by Fred C. Pampel
     
 

Although media headlines associate the use of performance-enhancing drugs with high-profile professional athletes, this problem affects all segments of society. Scandals have publicized a problem that even extends to young boys and girls who attempt to mimic their athletic heroes or use drugs as a way to achieve what they believe is an athletic physique-often

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Although media headlines associate the use of performance-enhancing drugs with high-profile professional athletes, this problem affects all segments of society. Scandals have publicized a problem that even extends to young boys and girls who attempt to mimic their athletic heroes or use drugs as a way to achieve what they believe is an athletic physique-often causing extensive damage to their physical and emotional health. Many amateur athletes and Olympians have also relied on illegal performance-enhancing drugs in the past, and now their careers are characterized by questions and controversy surrounding their personal or professional ethics. Drugs and Sports provides an overview of the history of this topic, as well as the opinions surrounding it. From the performance-enhancement methods of the ancient Greeks to the recent accusations of drug use among high-profile professional athletes, this illuminating volume puts this timely issue in context. Contemporary case studies provide multiple perspectives and decisions surrounding this issue while also plotting a course for how drug use in sports will change with advances in technology. Drugs and Sports addresses all sides of this issue, making this the perfect reference for students, teachers, librarians, medical personnel, activists, policymakers, and general readers interested in this topic.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

The "Library in a Book" series provides an introductory compendium of facts and resources for high school students and researchers. Brevity is its hallmark, but this comprehensive outline of issues swirling around drugs and sports, another hot topic often chosen for school reports, creates an ideal launching point for study. Within various sports, a list of allowable drugs is a moving target, and Pampel (sociology, Univ. of Colorado), who has authored other entries in the series (e.g., Threats to Food Safetyand Racial Profiling) manages to convey the complexity of segregating "natural" drugs from synthetic ones. He traces the history of enhancement drugs from ancient Greek times to today, provides case studies, and discusses legislation, scandals, testing, and international rules. Specific topics include the role of sports leagues and the government in controlling drug use and whether or not teens are encouraged by professional athletes to experiment with performance-enhancing drugs. Alongside mainstream thinking, Pampel offers reasoned minority views. Overall, his treatment is balanced, and the court cases and medical information he appends allow researchers to come to their own conclusions about the effects of doping on athletes and the athletic establishment. A chronology of major events, a glossary, and an annotated bibliography make convenient additions.
—Kelli Perkins

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up
This accessible, well-done volume presents a thorough overview of the subject. The focus is on abuse of drugs in youth and in American sports but there is also discussion of the global problem that includes the Olympics, cycling, and bodybuilding. Cases from the Supreme Court, Federal Appeals Court, Federal District Court, and State Court are listed with background information, legal issues, and the decision. Appendixes contain the Anabolic Steroid Control Acts of 1990 and 2004, a transcription from the Supreme Court case that was lodged against Vernonia School District in Oregon for its drug-testing policy for student athletes, and the 2000 report issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse on anabolic steroids. A detailed chronology lists scientific discoveries, new testing policies, and instances of performance-enhancing drug use. Essentially half of the book is given over to biographical sketches of "athletes, sports leaders, scientists, and politicians who have participated in important events and controversies involving drugs and sports"; a glossary; an annotated bibliography; and a list of organizations and agencies. There is a commitment here to provide students with research skills and information; however, the very nature of the subject matter means that the book will be quickly dated.
—Debbie S. HoskinsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816065752
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Series:
Library in a Book Series
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
1,050,413
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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