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Acute Topics in Anti-Doping

Editor(s): Rabin O. (Montreal, Que.) 
Pitsiladis Y. (Eastbourne) 

Status: available   
Publication year: 2017
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Medicine and Sport Science , Vol. 62
Editor(s): Caine D.J. (Georgetown, Tex.) 
Hills A.P. (Brisbane, Qld.) 
Noakes T. (Cape Town) 
VIII + 206 p., 15 fig., 8 in color, 9 tab., hard cover, 2017
Status: available   
ISSN: 0254-5020
e-ISSN: 1662-2812

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'The chief value of this Work, apart from the quality of many of the contributors, lies in the grouping of the issues that are addressed, demonstrating the range of topics that emerge from any comprehensive consideration of doping in sport. In addition to this, the appropriate perspective in meeting the many challenges is necessarily international - as sport is standardized on an international basis, so must the measures taken to reflect and enforce the means of protecting those who participate also be international.
There is a mix of ethics, science and regulation that goes into the phenomenon of doping in sport. The ethical considerations are, in the end, the real “driver” and foundation for anti-doping efforts. These philosophical elements must, however, be backed up by clear rules, reliable science and effective deterrence. The Work addresses the full spectrum of the subject matter, demonstrating the inevitable conclusion that the anti-doping system must apply to all athletes, in all sports, and in all countries. The selection of the topics and the choice of contributors have been judicious.
Whether historical reviews and accounts qualify as “acute” topics in anti-doping is perhaps a matter of debate, even though context can often be helpful in identifying how today’s choices may have been informed. More treatment might usefully have been given to the “acute” challenges still to be met and barriers to be overcome. For example, given the recent hacking-related publicity regarding TUEs, it might have been helpful to include more analysis of the attendant risks and improvements needed within the TUE system. The deontological considerations in the final chapter were deftly handled and presented.
In general, the treatment of each topic is as comprehensive as space allowed and is accessible, even to those with little or no expertise in all aspects of the particular subject matter. The editors deserve congratulations on both counts.'
Richard W. Pound, IOC Member, former President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
Doping represents the dark side of amateur and professional sports – in order to protect athletes around the globe, anti-doping rules are continuously revised and improved. This publication reviews the current regulatory framework, scientific aspects, future approaches, and social and ethical dimensions of the fight against doping in sport. Prominent experts on the implementation of anti-doping strategies, as well as leading researchers in science and medicine, have contributed to this publication. In keeping with its interdisciplinary origin, the book is intended for athletes, coaches, students, scientists, anti-doping officials, and all others interested in anti-doping and sports. Ranging from legal and educational to scientific and medical issues, this collection emphasizes the need for a multidisciplinary approach and the importance of preventative strategies in the fight against doping in sports.