Sport Doping, Performance Enhancing Drugs, and Their Detection
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- 13 Jul 2020
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Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Explain whether a drug is a prohibited substance and whether it can be used in or out of competition by applying information from a range of sources
- Apply scientific evidence to determine the type and magnitude of performance benefits and health risks associated with various prohibited drug classes
- Examine the principles and practices for ethical professional interactions between disciplines and detection of prohibited substances in the field of sports doping local, national and globally.
- Anabolic Agents
- Peptide, Growth Factors and Mimetics
- Stimulants, Narcotics, and Cannabinoids
- Diuretics, Masking Agents, Glucocorticoids, Non-Approved Substances
- Blood Doping, Chemical and Physical Manipulation, Gene Doping
- Inquiry into legal and ethical aspects of doping detection
- The prosecution process and appeal
- Chemistry and Analytical methods. LC-MS/MS, GC-MS/MS, protein/peptide quantitation
- Chemistry and Analytical quality assurance. Accuracy, precision, sensitivity, specificity
- Chemistry Sample Integrity. Processes to minimise tampering, sample switching, and the B sample retest
No eligibility requirements
No special requirements
Sports doping is a truly international problem and has a significant impact on today’s society; from cheating, to the politics and ethics of sophisticated doping programs, the enormous bureaucracy and cost of monitoring and prosecuting, along with the impact on an individual’s mental and physical health. Students will recognise drug classes that can enhance athletic performance, and that both doping and detection technologies are constantly evolving, leading to a sports doping “arms race” between detection and doping which drives newer and ever more sophisticated methods of cheating. The subject begins with an overview of drug classes that are prohibited in sport, their mechanisms of action, effects on performance, and health effects. Students will then learn to appreciate the ethical and legal issues associated with sports doping detection, as well as an introduction into analytical testing methods and processes to ensure sample integrity. The subject incorporates online learning activities consisting of lectures and supportive contextual media, as well as experiential application of internet resources.
- Poster (25%)
- Review (50%)
- Review (25%)
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