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Psychological Aspects and How They Relate to Doping in Sport

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Sport is both physically and psychologically demanding. Athletes astound us with their physical accomplishments however it is often psychological aspects and preparedness that make the difference between winning and losing. Anxiety, lack of confidence, inability to focus and decreased motivation can all be detrimental to an athlete’s performance and success. Different personality traits can also influence an athlete’s success and performance.

Doping or the use of prohibited substances in sport, whether intentional or not, is a real concern in the sports world today. Various approaches to tackle this very complex problem need to found. Besides the role psychology plays in influencing an athlete’s success in his/her sport, it can also impact the way in which an athlete approaches training and competition and therefore can also influence whether an athlete dopes or not. Therefore, research into the field of psychology and how it relates to doping is warranted. It may be possible to identify athletes at risk of doping from their psychological profile (e.g., psychological well-being, mindfulness, goal orientation). Furthermore, appropriate psychological interventions could be implemented to decrease the likelihood of athletes doping.

The main goal of this Research Topic is to gather research in the field of doping in sport, particularly psychological factors and how they relate to doping in athletes. Original Research articles, Reviews, and Commentaries are encouraged on topics including, but not limited to:

• Psychological factors and how they relate to doping in athletes
• Psychological interventions to decrease doping in athletes
• Understanding why athletes dope


Keywords: Psychology, Doping, Performance, Motivation, Pressure


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Sport is both physically and psychologically demanding. Athletes astound us with their physical accomplishments however it is often psychological aspects and preparedness that make the difference between winning and losing. Anxiety, lack of confidence, inability to focus and decreased motivation can all be detrimental to an athlete’s performance and success. Different personality traits can also influence an athlete’s success and performance.

Doping or the use of prohibited substances in sport, whether intentional or not, is a real concern in the sports world today. Various approaches to tackle this very complex problem need to found. Besides the role psychology plays in influencing an athlete’s success in his/her sport, it can also impact the way in which an athlete approaches training and competition and therefore can also influence whether an athlete dopes or not. Therefore, research into the field of psychology and how it relates to doping is warranted. It may be possible to identify athletes at risk of doping from their psychological profile (e.g., psychological well-being, mindfulness, goal orientation). Furthermore, appropriate psychological interventions could be implemented to decrease the likelihood of athletes doping.

The main goal of this Research Topic is to gather research in the field of doping in sport, particularly psychological factors and how they relate to doping in athletes. Original Research articles, Reviews, and Commentaries are encouraged on topics including, but not limited to:

• Psychological factors and how they relate to doping in athletes
• Psychological interventions to decrease doping in athletes
• Understanding why athletes dope


Keywords: Psychology, Doping, Performance, Motivation, Pressure


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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28 February 2021 Abstract
24 June 2021 Manuscript

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28 February 2021 Abstract
24 June 2021 Manuscript

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