Drug Testing News BLOG

Family time is observed in a variety of ways by families, and one of the more common is to catch a ball game – or any other sport for which family members have a shared interest – on TV or, if it is well within your budget, on the court or arena or stadium itself. Sports have also long been considered as a way to keep kids busy and therefore away from vice, and as a great medium to teach values such as discipline and sportsmanship.

In recent years, however, the integrity of these games has been put into question with the emergence of the use of performance-enhancing drugs. For some, a game is only viable provided that the athletes have been subjected to – and successfully passed – a battery of drug tests, random or otherwise.

But how effective are these tests really? Have they been able to deter athletes from taking the easy way to the top?

On ProCon.com, the pros and cons of the “Effectiveness of Drug Testing” were discussed. While there seems to have been a decline in the number of athletes testing positive, this fact, according to Dr. Ivan Waddinngton of the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences, is not an accurate reflection of whether doping is now on a decline or not. This may well even be due to the fact that athletes just might be getting smarter.

However, Dr. Gary Wadler, the chairperson of the World Anti-Doping Agency stresses that the tests that they provide are “accurate and reliable.”