Journal article

Drugs in Sport - A Change is Needed, but What?

Andre La Gerche, Maria J Brosnan

HEART LUNG AND CIRCULATION | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

Performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) confound much of what is considered great about sport. Sport is generally associated with excellent health outcomes that can be challenged by the direct toxicities of PEDs and the indirect effects of enabling the body to push beyond normal physiological reserves, thereby potentiating the risk of some exercise-associated conditions such as atrial fibrillation. Sport should also be a source of aspirational behavioural change but this 'legacy effect' of elite sport is modest, perhaps due in part to the public disillusionment brought about by repeated drug scandals. Elite sport is an extremely lucrative industry and, whilst this money could be used to support g..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The research being undertaken by the authors into the mechanisms of AF in athletes is funded by NHMRC project grant: APP1130353 Atrial remodelling and risk of arrhythmias in endurance athletes. A/Prof La Gerche is supported by a Career Development Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC 1089039) and a Future Leaders Fellowship from the National Heart Foundation (NHF 100409) of Australia.