Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in Association Football

Use Of Performance Enhancing Drugs In Association Football

Unlike individual sports such as bicycling, weight-lifting, and track and field, the use of performance enhancing drugs in football (soccer) is not widely associated with the sport because of lack of testing. Like most high-profile team sports, football suffers more from recreational drug use. The case of Diego Maradona and cocaine in 1991 being the best known example.

Incidence of the use of performance enhancing drugs (commonly disparaged as "doping" by sports organizations) in football seems to be low, but much closer collaboration and further investigation seems needed with regard to banned substances, detection methods, and data collection worldwide.

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