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Athletes should be aware that doping can have severe health and social consequences.
Social consequences of committing an ADRV and receiving a sanction may include:
Substances and methods used to dope have health consequences. Many can be lead to severe health issues or even death.
Taking steroids can produce:
Taking Human Growth Hormone can result in:
By thickening the blood, EPO abuse can lead to an increased risk of several deadly diseases, such as heart disease, stroke and cerebral or pulmonary embolism.
Use of recreational or social drugs is banned in sport. Whilst an athlete can be in a compromising situation with peers outside sport, it’s important for athletes to recognise that social drugs such as cannabis can be detrimental to sporting performance and result in a positive test result weeks later.
Some sports such as football and rugby run a comprehensive social drugs testing programme. This is to ensure that players maintain the values and behaviours of clean sport.
For impartial advice on recreational drugs, the FRANK website is a useful resource.