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Anti-doping Beliefs in Competitive Sports

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Doping use is among the major challenges of modern competitive and recreational sport. So far, systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses have identified several behavioral, social, and psychological factors that are associated with intentional and unintentional/inadvertent doping use. Among the ...

Doping use is among the major challenges of modern competitive and recreational sport. So far, systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses have identified several behavioral, social, and psychological factors that are associated with intentional and unintentional/inadvertent doping use. Among the behavioral factors, the use of nutritional supplements (NS) represents a key risk factor for doping.

Goal: To provide the context for the presentation of novel empirical evidence, systematic review and meta-analysis papers, as well as theories and critical position papers about the role of social and psychological variables, and the of nutritional supplements in doping use, in different age groups, countries, types and levels of sport.

Scope: Our Research Topic aims to stimulate further research on the association between social and psychological variables, nutritional supplement use, and doping use. The evidence presented in our Research Topic is expected to make a significant contribution to the extant literature, and to also inform policy and education initiatives to prevent doping in sport.

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This Research Topic welcomes articles using:

a) Empirical research that particularly uses longitudinal or experimental designs to determine the effects of nutritional supplement use and/or social and psychological factors on doping use.

b) Cross-sectional studies that make a significant contribution to the extant research on the use of nutritional supplements and doping, and address social, psychological and/or biological processes that explain the association between nutritional supplement and doping use in different sport populations.

c) Theoretical and position papers aiming to provide a novel account of the role of nutritional supplement use, and associated social and psychological risk factors for doping use.

d) Systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses that examine the association between social and psychological variables, nutritional supplements, and doping use in different types of sport and sport populations.


Keywords: Doping, Prohibited Substances, Nutritional Supplements, Gateway Hypothesis, Safe Alternative


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