Use of performance-enhancing drugs ‘widespread’ in amateur sports

Doping in amateur sport is “widespread”, research released today by the BBC and ComRes ‘State of Sport’ study suggests.

Over 1000 amateur sports players were surveyed and nearly 50% said they believed performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) were “easily available”.

23% said they knew where to get steroids and 8% said they had taken them.

The survey also suggests PEDs are more of a problem amongst younger sports players.

Ten times the number of 18-34 years admitted to taking anabolic steroids than over 55s had.

Nearly 60% of 18-34 year olds agreed that PEDs were easily available, compared to around 30% of over 55s.

Anabolic steroids are legal in the UK for personal use but it is illegal to supply them.

Over 50 types of anabolic steroids are banned by the World Doping Agency.

The survey also asked those who had taken anabolic steroids the reasons why they used PEDs.

Pain relief was cited as the top reason at 51% and 25% said it was to improve their performance.

Around the same number of men said they had taken steroids as women.