Survey of British adults, who are members of sports clubs, on behalf of BBC Sport on the increasing use of doping among amateur sports players.
- A quarter (26%) of sports club members say they have previously consumed prescribed medications, such as Cortizone injections or asthma inhalers, to support their performance whilst playing sport.
- One in seven (14%) sports club members say they have used recreational drugs for the same purpose, while 8% say they have used anabolic steroids.
- A sizeable proportion of sports club report that performance enhancing drugs are frequently used, and easily available. Half (50%) of sports club members agree that taking substances which improve performance is widespread amongst people who play competitive sports, while the same proportion (49%) agree that performance enhancing drugs are easily available among people who play sports regularly.
- A third (35%) of sports club members say they personally know someone who has used performance enhancing drugs to support their sporting performance or recovery.
Date Published: 20/03/2017
Categories: GB | Public and communities | Social
Client: BBC Sport
ComRes interviewed 1,025 British adults, who are members of sports clubs / teams / gyms, online between 27th and 31st January 2017. Data were drawn from a nationally representative sample of British adults aged 18+.