Relationship Between Self-Reported Doping Behavior and Psychosocial Factors in Adult Amateur Cyclists

in The Sport Psychologist

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Mikel ZabalaUniversity of Granada

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Jaime Morente-SánchezUniversity of Granada

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Manuel Mateo-MarchSpanish Cycling Federation and Miguel Hernandez University of Elche

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Daniel SanabriaUniversity of Granada

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This study addresses performance-enhancement drug (PED) consumption in amateur sport by investigating the relationship between psychosocial factors and PED use in amateur cyclists. Participants were asked whether they had ever taken PED. They were also asked whether they had any experience in competitive cycling, and the degree to which they participated in the event with a competitive aim. In addition, they completed the Performance Enhancement Attitude Scale, the Rosenberg self-esteem scale, and a bespoke self-efficacy questionnaire, and they rated the percentage of cyclists they believed took PED. Between-groups comparisons and two multiple regression analyses were performed. Overall, the results of our study point to adult amateur cyclists in general, and amateur cyclists with experience in competition in particular, as groups at risk for PED use. This study highlights the value of measuring psychosocial variables as a tool to assess PED use, a current issue at both sport performance and health levels.

Zabala, Morente-Sánchez, and Sanabria are with the University of Granada, Granada, Spain. Mateo-March is with the Spanish Cycling Federation, Madrid, Spain, and Miguel Hernandez University of Elche, Alicante, Spain.

Address author correspondence to Daniel Sanabria at daniel@ugr.es.
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