Find out more about our project No2Doping and obtain latest information on the project's status.
The purpose of this study is the development, implementation, and evaluation of a psychosocial intervention program, focusing on values-based variables.
This project is funded by the Federal Institute of Sport Science (Az. ZMVI4-070301/18-19).

On this photo you see young athletes in a session of our values-based anti-doping programme. Photo: Manuel Prager
Young athletes learn about doping in a values-based anti-doping intervention. Photo: Manuel Prager

Abstract

Doping, or the use of banned substances to enhance performance, is a prevalent phenomenon in sports, and has negative consequences both for athletes and for the integrity of sports in society. Therefore, it is essential to develop evidence-based interventions that aim to reduce doping intentions in young athletes. The purpose of this study is the development, implementation, and evaluation of a psychosocial intervention program that focuses on values-based variables.

In previous research, moral disengagement as well as moral atmosphere were identified as predictors for doping intentions (Kavussanu, Elbe und Hatzigeorgiadis, 2015) and are therefore the variables that the intervention tries to manipulate.

The sample will consist of 200 male and female athletes from team- and individual sports, aged between 13 and 19 years. A group of 80 athletes will receive the psychosocial intervention during a 6-week intervention phase. Meanwhile, another group of 80 athletes will receive a standard knowledge-based intervention and a control group of 40 athletes will no intervention. Doping intentions will be measured through hypothetical doping scenarios whereas the above-mentioned moral variables will be assessed through questionnaires. Using an experimental design with pre-test, post-test, and follow-up, we aim to investigate the effect of the psychosocial intervention on doping intentions of young athletes.

Based on the results of this study we plan to draw implications for instruction in elite sport schools and produce a manual that teachers can use for a value-based doping prevention.

News

At the end of November, we hosted the third meeting of the No2Doping project, funded by the Federal Institute of Sport Science. We are pleased to have welcomed about 20 attendees online, including cooporation partners and interested guests.

Our presentation focused on updating everyone on the project's progress, the significant number of new cooperation partners and participants, and the launch of our main study. Following our presentation, we answered and discussed questions and comments of those in attendance. We are grateful for the many valuable ideas and feedback in support of our project's progress.

We look back on 2020, an unusually disruptive yet successful year, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with our No2Doping project partners.

You see participants of our third meeting for our No2Doping project on a screengrab of Zoom, taken by Oliver Leis
Third meeting of our No2Doping project, screengrab: Oliver Leis

Get a glimpse of our anti-doping project work! These two short videos were produced in accordance with the call for a video competition of the Federal Institute of Sport Science.

Wertebasiertes Dopingpräventionsprogramms im Nachwuchsleistungssport - BISp
Wertebasiertes Dopingpräventionsprogramms im Nachwuchsleistungssport - BISp

Find out more about the competition on the website of the BISp (in German).

We are happy to have hosted the second meeting of our No2Doping project, funded by the Federal Institute of Sport Science. The project meeting took place this week and was attended by many of our project partners.
After an introduction round, the meeting started with the presentation of a video we produced showing No2Doping's vast network of collaborators. This was followed by a demonstration of the status quo, the description of the two intervention programmes – values-based and knowledge-based – as well as the presentation of another video, which provided insights into the values-based intervention programme.

We are very thankful for the feedback and fresh ideas of all attendants, and look forward to the next stage of our project.

Photo Gallery

You see a stack of a book with the German title "Doping - Soll ich oder soll ich nicht", photo: Kristin Zumpe
Name tags arranged on a table for the project meeting in our meeting room, photo: Kristin Zumpe
This photo shows professor Anne-Marie Elbe welcoming the participants of the 2nd No2Doping project meeting, photo: Kristin Zumpe
you see three participants of our 2nd No2Doping project meeting, sitting at a table and listening, photo: Kristin Zumpe
On this photo you see Theresa Manges presenting the current status of our project, photo: Kristin Zumpe
you see the participants of our 2nd No2Doping project meeting, sitting at a table and listening to a presentation, photo: Kristin Zumpe
you see a few participants of our 2nd No2Doping project meeting, sitting at a table and listening, photo: Kristin Zumpe
The photo shows Hendrik Richter, a sport and ethics teacher at the Wilhelm von Humboldt school in Halle/Saale, introducing the knowledge-based intervention, photo: Kristin Zumpe
you see a few participants of our project meeting engaging in conversations, photo: Kristin Zumpe
You see a few participants of our project meeting engaged in a discussion, photo: Kristin Zumpe
the photo shows professor Anne-Marie Elbe discussing with other participants, photo: Kristin Zumpe
On this photo you see Sven Schurzmann, who teaches sport and ethics at the Rudolf-Hildebrand school in Markleeberg, introducing the values-based intervention, photo: Kristin Zumpe

After a successful kick-off meeting last Wednesday, January 30 2019, we are now looking forward to our collaboration with anti-doping project partners, and want to say many thanks to all participants for their attendance.

the photo shows a group of participants of the kick-off meeting for our No2Doping project, photo: Manuel Prager
Kick-off meeting for our No2Doping project, photo: Manuel Prager

Project Progress

  • September 2020
    launch of the main study (currently on hold since November 2020 due to COVID-19 measures)
  • August – November 2020
    application and admission granted to conduct the main study at sport schools in Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia 
  • August 2020
    second launch and conclusion of the pilot study
  • May – August 2020
    acquisition of further participants and cooperation partners
  • March 2020
    first launch of the pilot study (suspended due to COVID-19 measures)
  • July 2019 – March 2020
    design of the curriculum and teaching material for the intervention programme
  • July – September 2019
    data collection for the validation of the survey
  • July 2019
    presentation of study design at the FEPSAC congress in Münster, Germany
  • May 2019
    presentation of study design and the results of our survey validation at the ASP convention in Halle, Germany
  • March – May 2019
    data collection and analysis for the validation of the survey (pilot study)
  • February – June 2019
    translation and design of questionnaires
  • January 2019
    kick-off event with project partners

 

Contact

 Felix Hamann

Felix Hamann

Student Assistant

Building 1, Block T
Jahnallee 59, Room T 0006
04109 Leipzig

Telephone: +49 341 97-31625

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