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Athlete's knowledge and views on OTC medication

Mottram, DR and Chester, N and Atkinson, G and Goode, D (2008) Athlete's knowledge and views on OTC medication. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 29 (10). pp. 851-855. ISSN 0172-4622

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Abstract

A questionnaire was administered to elite athletes from Australia, Canada, the UK, and the USA representing 10 Olympic sports in order to explore knowledge and understanding of overthe- counter (OTC) medication since the removal of many of these substances from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List, in 2004. Athletes demonstrated limited knowledge and understanding. Around half (50.5%) knew the penalty incurred following a doping violation involving a banned OTC stimulant. The terms
Monitoring Program and Specified Substance List
were understood by 43.3% and 67.5% of respondents,
respectively. Overall, the status of substances in relation to the Prohibited List was correctly identified in just 35.1% of cases. As a whole, athletes were of the opinion that OTC stimulants posed a risk to health, were performance enhancing and that their use was against the spirit of sport. They were undecided as to whether these
drugs should be returned to the Prohibited List. Elite athletes require targeted education programmes that will enable them to make informed decisions on the potential of OTC medications for therapeutic or performance enhancing purposes

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences
Publisher: Thieme Publishing
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2015 15:15
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2015 14:23
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/577

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