Doping is the application of chemical substances with the thoughtful intention to boost performance. AddictionResource authors explain that many of the substances used as performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) have medicinal uses. But taking them to succeed in sports can lead to different health issues as athletes may take too high doses, may do it without medical supervision, or buy them illicitly so the products may contain dangerous ingredients.
The long-term effects of doping are many, including death due to heart attack and stroke, liver damage, kidney failure, and high blood pressure. This infographic sheds light on the negative health consequences of doping in the sport of athletics. It is important to note the negative health consequences of doping. It is the responsibility of sports organizations to create a safe athletic environment for all athletes of all ages.
The negative health consequences of doping are listed in the infographic, along with the levels of PEDs use, the most popular PEDs among athletes, and the kinds of sports where they are most widespread.