This course is a broad investigation into the types and categories of pharmacological and nutritional performance enhancing substances used by athletes throughout history to present date. Students will use analytical techniques to identify, compare, and categorize the five major groups of performance enhancing drugs and nutritional supplements. They will discover the origins, physiological effects, prevalence, and usage trends of drug families, and from the information, the student will be able to formulate an understanding as to why certain drugs are used for specific sports, despite illegal consequences. Students will be able to list, define, explain, and fully understand therapeutic drugs, naturally produced hormones, nutritional supplements, cardiovascular enhancements, and stimulants, through individual and collaborative research, discussion, and presentation opportunities. Engaging debate and exploratory discussion options will provide students the chance to critique, appraise, and ultimately formulate individual conclusions surrounding the moral, ethical and social aspects of drug use in sport. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to examine the legal aspects of drugs in sports, the administrative and political drug control processes, and how organizations have evolved over time, through increased awareness of the need to control or eliminate the use of drugs in sports performance. Students will investigate and explore the numerous current event issues, as well as the athletes, and professionals associated and implicated in the illegal use of drugs in athletic performance.
Mottram, David A. (6 ed.). (2010). Drugs in Sport. London: Routledge
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