A study on self-reported knowledge and attitude about doping in sports among elite track and field athletes in Sri Lanka
Perera DSL, Gunasekara KC, Weerasinghe S
Doping is known as the use of illegal substances or methods by athletes to enhance performance during competitions or out of competitions. This study aimed to assess the knowledge level and attitudes of Sri Lankan elite athletes towards doping, and assess athletes’ knowledge and attitudes on doping concerning age, education level and gender. Fifty-four male and female track and field athletes were clusters randomly selected and two questionnaires were distributed among athletes during the 95th National Athletics Championship 2017 in Sri Lanka. One Way ANOVA used to compare mean knowledge and attitude among athletes of different age groups, training age and education levels. Independent sample T-test was used to compare mean knowledge and attitude scores of male and female athletes. The mean knowledge score of the participants was 49% whereas the mean attitude score was 44. Mean knowledge and attitude scores of athletes did not differ concerning age, educational level and gender (P>0.05). It can be concluded that the participants’ knowledge of doping is not satisfactory. However, the participants of this study had a less lenient attitude towards doping.