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Reasons why people take drugs in sport

  • One of the major reasons for athletes' to use drugs is dissatisfaction with their progress and performance
  • Belief that other athletes' are taking them thus creating an uneven playing field
  • The financial reward for improved performance in the form of appearance fees, sponsorship, wages etc
  • Pressure from coaches, family, friends and media to succeed
  • Lack of knowledge of the side effects that are associated with taking performance enhancing drugs
  • Values - some people think that the use of performance enhancing drugs is acceptable including notable sport sociologists