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Title: Athletes’ perceptions of anti-doping sanctions: The ban from sport vs. social, financial and self-imposed sanctions
Authors: Overbye, Marie
Elbe, Anne-Marie
Knudsen, Mette L
Pfister, Gertrud
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Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Overbye M, Elbe A, Knudsen ML & Pfister G (2015) Athletes’ perceptions of anti-doping sanctions: The ban from sport vs. social, financial and self-imposed sanctions, Sport in Society, 18 (3), pp. 364-384.
Abstract: Today the main doping deterrence strategy is to ban athletes from sport if caught. This study examines whether Danish elite athletes perceive the ban as a deterrent and how they evaluate social, self-imposed and financial sanctions compared with the ban. Questionnaires were emailed to elite athletes from 40 sports ( 43%). Results showed that 78% of athletes regarded the ban as a deterrent. Older male athletes, however, did so to a lesser degree. Seventy-seven per cent, regardless of gender, age, sport type and previous experience of doping testing, viewed social sanctions as a greater deterrent than the ban. Many also considered self-imposed sanctions (54%) and financial consequences (47%) a greater deterrent. Four per cent considered neither the ban nor the presented alternatives a deterrent. The findings indicate that the ban from sport deters doping. Nevertheless, other deterrents seem to affect athletes more. The findings can be used to address future anti-doping education programmes.N ¼ 645; response rate,
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