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The effects of the iPlayClean education programme on doping attitudes and susceptibility to use banned substances among high-level adolescent athletes from the UK: a cluster-randomised control trial

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posted on 2020-06-18, 14:05 authored by Adam R. Nicholls, David Morley, Mark A. Thompson, Chao Huang, Grant Abt, Martyn Rothwell, Ed CopeEd Cope, Nikos Ntoumanis
Background This study examined the effects of the iPlayClean anti-doping intervention on attitudes towards doping and susceptibility, and whether delivery mode affected the results.

Methods A total of 1081 high-level UK athletes (14–18 years old, 904 males, 177 females) were cluster-randomised to the control (11 teams/organisations/schools, 314 athletes), face-to-face group presentation (8 teams/organisations/schools, 254 athletes), online (11 teams/organisations/schools, 251 athletes), or face-to-face presentation with online access (5 teams/organisations/schools, 262 athletes).

Results Compared to the control group, all modes of the iPlayClean anti-doping education programme reduced favourable attitudes towards doping immediately after the intervention, which was sustained across all intervention groups 8 weeks later. All delivery modes impacted doping susceptibility immediately after the intervention, in comparison to the control group, but the effects were only sustained for the face-to-face presentation group.

Conclusion Contrary to findings within previous anti-doping interventions, we have shown that doping attitudes can be changed and that the results can be sustained across all modes of delivery, 8 weeks later. Research is required to assess for how long these changes are sustained, and how often anti-doping education should be delivered to high-level athletes to reinforce clean play values.

Funding

International Olympic Committee [grant number 0363-400, 2015].

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

International Journal of Drug Policy

Volume

82

Publisher

Elsevier B.V.

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY-NC-ND/4.0/).

Acceptance date

2020-06-05

Publication date

2020-06-17

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0955-3959

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Ed Cope. Deposit date: 17 June 2020

Article number

102820

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