FACTORS INFLUENCING DOPING IN SPORTS AMONG ATHLETES IN KOGI
STATE: HEALTH IMPLICATIONS
Adeola, M. Folusayo, Abubakar, M. Ndakotsu, & Victor B. Olowoleni
Faculty of Education
Kogi State University, Anyigba
Doping is the use of drug for the purpose of improving performance in general and sports performance in particular. Rejection or acceptance of the use of banned substances by athletes is determined by various factors. Against this background, this study examined factors that influence doping in sports and the health implications among athletes in Kogi State. Descriptive research of the survey type was used. The population consists of all the 600 athletes in Kogi State. A sample of 150 athletes was randomly selected for this study. Three null hypotheses guided the study. A self designed questionnaire was used to collect data from the respondents. Data collected was analysed using inferential statistics of Chi Square to test the hypotheses. The findings revealed that financial and material gains, desire to achieve high performance fame and athletic success in a short time and improving recovery rate from injuries are factors influencing doping in sports among athletes in Kogi State. Based on the finding of the study, it was recommended that athletes and coaches should be educated on the negative health implications of doping in sports.
Keyword: Doping, Sport, Health, Athletes.