Sports physicians who take care of both leisure and elite athletes tend to be confronted with doping practices in various facets. The authors of this article aimed to examine attitudes, knowledge and experiences regarding doping practices and anti-doping resources in a specially trained population of board-certified Swiss sport and exercise physicians using a questionnaire.
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The fight against doping is not primarily a fight against fallible athletes and coaches but rather a fight for clean athletes and coaches. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate how Swiss athletes and coaches perceive the doping problem and the current anti-doping policy. Two online surveys of 1040 Swiss squad coaches and 588 Swiss athletes of various sports were conducted in 2016 and 2017. 41.5% of athletes and 31.5% of coaches identified a serious doping problem in their sport. This perception varied significantly by sport (p≤0.001). 94.2% of athletes and 91.7% of coaches argued in support of a strict prohibition of doping.
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