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Fitness professionals’ perceptions of acceptability and usability of anti-doping education tools for recreational sports

Barkoukis, V, Kaffe, S, Atkinson, AM, Sumnall, H, Koskelo, J, Jussila, HK, Jagminiene, K and Banyte, R (2021) Fitness professionals’ perceptions of acceptability and usability of anti-doping education tools for recreational sports. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. ISSN 0968-7637

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Objective: The use of performance and image enhancement drugs (PIEDs) in recreational sport is a common practice and there is a need to develop preventive interventions. The study’s aim was to investigate the acceptability and usability of an online e-learning course and an information app designed to support PIED prevention training activities in professionals working with recreational athletes. Design: A mixed-method design was used with 51 professionals from Finland, Greece, and Lithuania evaluating the e-learning course through surveys and interviews. Similarly, 19 Greek professionals evaluated the information app. Main outcome measures: Participants completed surveys and participated in semi-structured interviews measuring both tool's acceptability, usability, and implementation. Results: Participants commented positively on the value and content of both tools. They reported increased knowledge on PIEDs risks and understanding of motives for PIED use. Also, their competence and confidence in interacting with clients and assisting them to quit increased. The e-learning course was perceived as compatible with existing practices. The main barrier was a lack of time in interacting with clients. Conclusion: The study provides valuable information on the acceptability and usability of two educational approaches against doping. Anti-doping educational authorities could integrate these tools into their activities to educate fitness instructors about doping.

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Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in: Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. Barkoukis, V. et al. Fitness professionals’ perceptions of acceptability and usability of anti-doping education tools for recreational sports. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2021.1967293 It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1117 Public Health and Health Services, 1605 Policy and Administration
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
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Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2021 09:59
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 10:07
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/09687637.2021.1967293
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15501

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