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Sports doping is a truly international problem and has a significant impact on todays society; from cheating, to the politics and ethics of sophisticated doping programs, the enormous bureaucracy and cost of monitoring and prosecuting, along with the impact on an individuals mental and physical health. Students will recognise drug classes that can enhance athletic performance, and that both doping and detection technologies are constantly evolving, leading to a sports doping arms race between detection and doping which drives newer and ever more sophisticated methods of cheating.

The Unit begins with an overview of drug classes that are prohibited in sport, their mechanisms of action, effects on performance, and health effects. Students will then learn to appreciate the ethical and legal issues associated with sports doping detection, as well as an introduction into analytical testing methods and processes to ensure sample integrity. The unit incorporates online learning activities consisting of lectures and supportive contextual media, as well as experiential application of internet resources.

Summary 2021

Unit name Sport Doping, Performance Enhancing Drugs and their Detection
Unit code CSA122
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy

Glenn Jacobson

Teaching staff

Kate McMaster

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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