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Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs: Myth and Reality

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For a variety of reasons, there are many misunderstandings and myths surrounding IPED use. It is important that those with an interest in physical activity have access to resources that provide scientifically based knowledge on them.

As such, the overarching aim of this webinar is to provide audience members with a broad understanding of key issues relevant to the use of IPEDs in physical activity contexts.

Areas of Focus

Specific areas of focus will be:

  • The main categories of IPEDs based upon their physiological function
  • Key motivations for IPED use
  • Patterns of IPED use
  • Harmful use of IPEDs
  • Psychosocial factors
  • Possible links between nutritional supplement use and IPED use

Within each of these areas, we will look to explore and explain some of the many myths around IPED use, as well as considering and discussing the relevance of the various physical activity contexts (e.g. sport, fitness, and bodybuilding) in which IPED use takes place.

Learning Outcomes of the Webinar

By the end of this webinar, the audience will be able to:

  • Identify the main categories of IPEDs according to their physiological function
  • Describe the key motivators for IPED use in different physical activity contexts
  • Detail common patterns of use for IPEDs across a range of contexts
  • Identify the main types of harms that can result from IPED use
  • Describe how social and environmental factors can be used to justify and rationalize IPED use
  • Detail how the use of nutritional supplements may be linked with IPED use

Dr Ian Boardley is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Birmingham. He has been researching the psychology of IPED use in physical activity contexts for over ten years.

Ian has a particular interest in the psychosocial mechanisms IPED users employ to explain and justify their IPED use. As well as pursuing this interest, he has conducted research on a broad range of topics relevant to IPED use.

Ian leverages the impact of his research through engagement with key organizations such as the United Kingdom Anti-Doping and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. The World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Olympic Committee and the European Union have funded his research.

Ian is joined by Martin Chandler.

Martin Chandler is a Research Fellow in Performance Enhancing Drugs at the University of Birmingham. Previously employed by Liverpool John Moores University as a Researcher in Human Enhancement Drugs. He has been studying the use of Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs for over ten years.  Martin has presented at both national and international conferences on a range of issues around IPED use. On top of this, he has designed and delivered training for a wide range of relevant audiences and provided consultancy work around IPED policies and expert witness services in criminal trials.