Youth sport and performance enhancing substances

Athletes’ use of substances believed to be performance enhancing is not a new phenomenon. However, in the last four decades there has been a rapid growth in both illicit and licit use of performance enhancing substances, such as anabolic steroids, EPO, nutritional supplements and protein supplements. What experiences and attitudes exist among young ambitious athletes about this practice?

Formal title

Healthy performance environments in youth sports


Examine how young and ambitious athletes in a formative phase in life negotiate and act when it comes to performance enhancing substances in the social and cultural contexts of which they are parts.


The project will use different qualitative methods, more specific individual interviews, focus group interviews and observations