According to the University of the Adelaide, research showed that the doping is damaging the image of sports and in result don’t give any benefit to the athletes.
The researchers from the University’s School of Medical Sciences gathered honest records (including Olympic and world records) of both men and women athletes across 26 sports, between 1886 and 2012. They made comparisons between pre-1932 records (when steroids become available) and after. And they found that the times, distances and other results did not make any progress as anticipated in the doping time period.
All of the above findings was published in the “Journal of Human Sport and Exercise.”
The lead author on the paper Dr. Aaron Hermann said: “The effects of doping in modern sports are far and wide spread, encompassing not only the athletes and sporting team involved, but also sponsors and fans.”
He further said that “This research looked at 26 of the most controlled and some of the most popular sports, including various track field events like 100m sprints, hurdles, high jump, long jump, and shot-put, as well as some winter sports like speed skating and ski jumping. The average best life records for doped top athletes did not differ significantly from those considered not to have doped. Even assuming that not all cases of doping were discovered during this time, the practice did not improve sporting results as commonly believed.”
Dr. Hermann also said that the above results not only prove the negative influence of doping on sports results but may also display that doping is more common than initially thought. He also hopes that due to all these findings and results will alter elite athletes and also junior sportspersons opinion on doping.
He said: “The success rate of doping tests may be as little as 4% and some anti-doping initiative to date has been very ineffective. Doping may produce a minor improvement in one aspect of performance but in other areas, it may have a detrimental effect, which outweighs the positive
In many sports, there are perceptions that an athlete needs to dope in order to remain competitive and I hope these findings will confront those ill-informed views, and help stamp out doping in sport.”