BBC Sport Amateur Sports Doping Survey
Survey of British adults, who are members of sports clubs, on behalf of BBC Sport on the increasing use of doping among amateur sports players.
  • A quarter (26%) of sports club members say they have previously consumed prescribed medications, such as Cortizone injections or asthma inhalers, to support their performance whilst playing sport.
  • One in seven (14%) sports club members say they have used recreational drugs for the same purpose, while 8% say they have used anabolic steroids.
  • A sizeable proportion of sports club report that performance enhancing drugs are frequently used, and easily available. Half (50%) of sports club members agree that taking substances which improve performance is widespread amongst people who play competitive sports, while the same proportion (49%) agree that performance enhancing drugs are easily available among people who play sports regularly.
  • A third (35%) of sports club members say they personally know someone who has used performance enhancing drugs to support their sporting performance or recovery.
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Date Published
20/03/2017
Client
BBC Sport
Methodology
ComRes interviewed 1,025 British adults, who are members of sports clubs / teams / gyms, online between 27th and 31st January 2017. Data were drawn from a nationally representative sample of British adults aged 18+.

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