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Doping and Anti-doping in Sport


Doping in sport is recognized as a crisis within government, academic, professional, and media circles worldwide. Doping, which can include performance-enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids, growth hormones, and amphetamines, is considered to be a significant threat to the integrity of sport because it undermines the fairness of contests, the health of athletes, as well as sport’s character/team building and role model function for society. The public good at stake in sport is thought to be so high as to warrant preventative education programs, but also increasingly tougher penalties and broader policing powers.

There are a number of key arguments and counterarguments in the philosophy of sport and sociology literature on the topic of doping and doping control, which have been critically discussed at length in Hemphill (2009) and are summarized in this entry.

Anti-doping Arguments in Sport


On this account, sport is thought to be the testing of natural...


  • Sport Science
  • Doping Control
  • Harm Minimization
  • Adult Athlete
  • Soft Paternalism

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  • Hemphill, D. (2009). Performance enhancement and drug control in sport: Ethical considerations. Sport in Society, 12(3), 313–326. doi:10.1080/17430430802673668.

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Hemphill, D. (2015). Doping and Anti-doping in Sport. In: Peters, M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer, Singapore.

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