Performance Enhancing Drugs in Rugby Union

34 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2018

Date Written: June 4, 2016


The use of performance enhancing substances has become a common problem in the Rugby Union. Recent reports in the media and UKADs list have proven that the Rugby Union has the highest number of banned players. For this reason, this study was formulated to allow readers to understand the pressure that young academy players are under to take performance-enhancing drugs. To attain this aim, the study developed three objectives. These objectives were addressed using both qualitative and quantitative research. A cross-sectional research design was adopted, and a sample of 58 participants was interviewed to determine some of the factors that led to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. The results of the study showed that five major factors played a role. These factors included peer, parental/guardian, and trainers’ pressure. In addition to this, the increased competition for a spot in the team also led to doping. Lastly, some players took it upon themselves to dope without any pressure from their environment.

Keywords: dope, substance abuse, drugs, performance enhancing

Suggested Citation

Abwanzo, Benjamin, Performance Enhancing Drugs in Rugby Union (June 4, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

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