New Publication: Perspectives to Doping Substance Use outside Elite Sports in Finland
The debate on doping use outside professional sports in Finland got in full swing in September 2007, when the then Minister of Culture and Sports Stefan Wallin expressed his concern about doping use becoming more common outside professional sports. He even questioned whether doping use was becoming a national disease. Wallin’s question has remained unanswered, and the debate on doping outside professional sports has mostly relied on stereotypes and false information.
The use of doping outside professional sports cannot be regarded as deceit or breaking the moral values of sports. The international and sport-related anti-doping rules are made to regulate various sport events, not individual drug use. This distinction is further emphasized by non-criminalization of the use and possession of doping substances in Finland.
The research project has been financed by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Youth Research Network / Youth Research Society 2012
39 pages, price 10 euros.
For the Finnish readers there is also available a larger book on the subject called 'Kuntodoping'. Orders can be made from the web store.
About the Authors
Adjunct professor, Ph.D. Mikko Salasuo is a senior researcher at the FinnishYouth Research Society. He has published and co-published several books on youth culture, drug issues and other youth related topics. Salasuo has also written several articles to Finnish and international journals and edited seven
M.Pol.Sc. Mikko Piispa is a junior researcher at the Finnish Youth Research Society. He has written and co-written several articles and reports on drug issues and doping in Finland.