Performance-enhancing drugs: a new reality in sport and real showground for pharmacist

Janevik-Ivanovska, Emilija and Sterjova, Marija and Popeska, Biljana (2014) Performance-enhancing drugs: a new reality in sport and real showground for pharmacist. In: Proceedings book of 9th FIEP European Congress and 7th International Scientific Congress: Sport, Stress, Adaptation, 9-12 Oct 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Abstract

The aim of our paper is to review and to describe the opportunities and obligations for pharmacists regarding doping control in sports, and to present information and resources on drugs and dietary supplements that are popular among athletes for performance enhancement. Doping is controversial mainly because the medical community has not defined where restoration of normative function ends and performance enhancement begins. Those opposed to doping contend that it undermines the traditional principle of a level playing field and creates unnecessary health risks. Health care professionals need to fully understand the complexity of PESs (eg, their physiologic and psychotropic properties, individual characteristics, different drugs and doses), acknowledging that each athlete’s biology is unique. Pharmacists can participate in doping control programs in a number of ways because they have an obligation when counseling, advising, and treating athletes to help them avoid banned substances. A variety of drugs and dietary supplements have proven performance-enhancing effects in athletes. However, many of these substances have adverse effects and are banned by various sports-governing organizations. Pharmacists can play a key role in participating in doping control programs, and can prevent athletes from inadvertently consuming a banned substance. Conclusion: The roles for pharmacists have been emerging in the field of sports pharmacy, including doping control. With the proliferation of drug and dietary supplement use and abuse in sports, pharmacists can play key roles in deterring illicit drug use and in preventing the inadvertent use of banned substances by athletes. Pharmacists should consider the special needs of athletes when dispensing medications and when recommending nonprescription products and dietary supplements.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Clinical medicine
Medical and Health Sciences > Health sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Emilija Janevik
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 08:47
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2014 08:48
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/11465

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