Sports Medicine

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 443–444 | Cite as

Doping Use Meta-Analysis: Science Seasoned with Moralistic Prejudice

  • Ognjen Arandjelović
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

It is with much interest that I set out to read the article entitled Personal and Psychosocial Predictors of Doping Use in Physical Activity Settings: A Meta-Analysis authored by Ntoumanis et al. [1] and published in the November issue of Sports Medicine. Furthering the understanding of the factors that feature in a person’s decision to engage in potentially dangerous behaviour, which certainly includes self-administered polypharmacy, is undeniably a worthwhile pursuit. It is of direct interest to a range of medical professionals whose practice should be based on evidence and driven by patient-specific (and hence subjective) values. Therefore, I was pleased to read the aforementioned meta-analysis and found the authors’ key contribution interesting and useful. That being said, I felt disappointed that, in this article, interlaced with the authors’ scientific contribution I found a concerning number of extrascientific statements fraught with a moralistic bias.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data AnalyticsDeakin UniversityGeelongAustralia

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