Steroids and Doping in Sports
A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition
by David E. Newton
April 2018, 354pp, 6x9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5481-1
$60, 50€, A86
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Russia holds the world record for the most Olympic medals stripped, due to a state-sponsored doping scheme and a subsequent cover-up.

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to one of the most controversial issues in modern society—steroid abuse among athletes—as well as to the ongoing debate over the use and misuse of illegal substances in amateur and professional sporting events.

Now in its second edition, this book provides readers, with updated critical and objective information about steroids and doping in sports. The first two chapters deal with the history and background of steroids and doping in sports in addition to current problems, controversies, and possible solutions. Additionally, they provide readers with the background to understand the nature of the problems involving steroid use and doping in sports in the United States and worldwide.

New to this edition is the Perspectives chapter. Composed of diverse voices, this chapter allows readers to gain insight from scholars, athletes, journalists, and others who have a stake in the issues. Remaining chapters provide a variety of research tools, such as primary documents and biographical profiles, for readers to use in continuing their research. Other resources include a chronology, a glossary, and an extensive annotated bibliography.


  • Helps readers towards an understanding of the nature of anabolic steroids and their effects on the human body, both beneficial and harmful
  • Comprises an extensive array of tools that permits students to continue their own research on the topic
  • Includes a glossary of terms that will aid readers in better understanding the technical language used in discussions of steroids and doping in sports
  • Introduces readers to the complex issue of testing for illegal drugs in both amateur and professional sports, and to methods of testing and problems involved with mediating the validity and reliability of tests
  • Introduces students to important individuals and organizations involved in steroid abuse and doping in sports, both historically and currently
David E. Newton holds a BA in chemistry, an MA in education from the University of Michigan, and an EdD in science education from Harvard University. He is author of more than 400 textbooks, encyclopedias, and other educational materials. He taught mathematics, chemistry, and physical science in Grand Rapids, MI, for 13 years; was professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College in Massachusetts, for 15 years; and was adjunct professor in the College of Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco for 10 years.


"Steroids and Doping in Sports provides readers with an advanced understanding of steroid use in a reader friendly format. . . . Recommended."—ARBA, July 3, 2018

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