chapter  23
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Drug use and abuse by athletes

ByJason Mazanov

The sports-drugs nexus has been around since ancient times, from enhancing the sporting prowess of athletes using anything from figs to bull’s testicles (Verroken, 2005) to the alcohol-fuelled celebrations after sporting events (Dunning & Waddington, 2003). The relationship between sport and drug use is ongoing, and one of central concern to contemporary sport psychologists. The issue for sport psychologists is how best to work with and counsel athletes navigating the sport-drug relationship.