Sports Coaching



Drugs In Sport

The banned substances list

Banned Substance List

Cheating in sport has been going on since the invention of sport. The authorities are constantly trying to stay one step ahead of the cheats.

The banned substance list is a list of prohibited substances and methods of improving performance by artificial means.

Sports psychology

Erythropoietin (EPO)

The illegal substance favoured by cyclists and endurance runners to boost the bodies red blood cell count.

What is EPO? How does it effect performance and what is its relationship to blood doping? Find the answers here.

Injecting drugs

Drug Testing

An athlete can be called for drug testing at any time, in or out of competition. We look at the methods in use today to catch the cheats.

What is involved in a urine test? Why are blood tests done? We explain all..

Injecting drugs

Human Growth Hormone

HGH or Human Growth Hormone is naturally occuring and essential for normal growth and development. However taking it artificially is cheating!

Check out the medical uses, effects on performance, side effects and dangers. Check out our Free online interactive quiz on HGH here.

Other Banned Substances



Anabolic steroids

Anabolic Steroids

Separate anabolic steroid fact from myth with our straight forward guide to anabolic steroids and the damage they can do.

Is it worth it? You decide by learning the effects, methods of cheating, medical use and side effects of anabolic steroids.

Injecting drugs

Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1)

Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1) plays an important role in growth and development in children and is thought to have anabolic effects in adults.

Side effects include growth and swelling of body parts, typically hands, feet, nose but can progress to brow and jaw protrusion!

History of Drugs in Sport



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