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Drugs in sport

Speciality Classification
Pharmacists
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
45 minutes
Provider
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Drugs in sport explained

Australian Pharmacist - April 2020

Use of drugs (prescription, non-prescription and recreational) by athletes for medical, recreational and performance-enhancing purposes in both competitive and non-competitive sports is common. Despite little evidence, there is a common belief that certain medicines will lead to enhanced sports performance.

Medicines commonly used by athletes include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, and medicines for the management of chronic medical conditions (e.g. hypertension, depression, asthma).

Pharmacists have an important role to play in providing advice to athletes, coaches, management teams and other health professionals on appropriate use of medicines and supplements in sport. Pharmacists need also to recognise situations when athletes and others may be inappropriately using substances.

Learning Objectives

After reading this article, the pharmacist should be able to:

  • Discuss the use of drugs in sport
  • Discuss how to identify banned and/or restricted substances in sport
  • Describe the role of the pharmacist in helping athletes maintain integrity in sports.

CPD Credits

Accreditation Code:  CAP2104SYPNW2

Group 1:  0.75

Group 2:  1.50

This activity has been accredited for 0.75 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 0.75 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 0.75 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 1.5 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.

Delivery
Title
Drugs in sport
Speciality Classification
Location
Provider Type
Education Provider
Duration
45 minutes
CPD Points
Group 1 CPD (or 0.75 CPD credits), Group 2 CPD (or 1.5 CPD credits)
Price
Free
Location
Online
Price:
Free
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