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Consequences of doping

There are many different risks associated with doping, from negative effects on mental and physical health, to loss of financial benefits and damage of relationships and reputation.

Health risks
Here is an overview of different types of doping and associated health risks. In addition to the physical aspects, scientific research has shown that there is a considerable correlation between the use of doping and mental health issues. Most commonly, it was found that the use of doping substances can trigger anxiety, obsessive disorders or psychosis.

Social risks
Doping usually have negative impact on the person’s private life and social interactions. On one hand research indicates that you are likely to suffer from being forced to hide your abuse and lie to family and friends, which in the long run may lead you to limit your social life yourself. On the other hand, if your abuse is known, people may feel that they no longer want to be connected to someone who has damaged the reputation of a sport and displayed poor judgement.

Financial risks
An anti-doping rule violation may have a significant financial impact on the individual. This includes, but is not limited to, the requirement to return prize money or a financial sanction. Other negative consequences of doping include termination of contracts and sponsorship deals, loss of government funding and other forms of financial support.

Sport risks
A sanction may range from a warning to lifetime ban from sport depending on the circumstances, but a “normal” case of intentional doping is likely to be four-year. During this period, you will not be able to participate in any organized sport activities, in any capacity (except authorized anti-doping education or rehabilitation program).

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