Beyond Punishment: Doping, Deterrence, and Moral Disengagement
- *Corresponding Author:
- Miranda P Kaye
Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences
Ithaca College, Ithaca
NY 14850, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: October 15, 2012; Accepted Date: October 27, 2012; Published Date: October 29, 2012
Citation: Kaye MP, Boardley ID (2012) Beyond Punishment: Doping, Deterrence, and Moral Disengagement. J Sports Med Doping Stud 2:e127. doi:10.4172/2161-0673.1000e127
Copyright: © 2012 Kaye MP, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
When athletes use performance enhancing drugs, they violate the nature of sport. With the recent doping scandals in Olympic and professional sport, current deterrence methods do not appear to be effective. Thus it is important to better understand why athletes engage in Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) use. Evidence associating doping with moral disengagement is accumulating and suggests that mechanisms of moral disengagement may play an important role in facilitating doping by allowing athletes to rationalize their PED use. We suggest that a more detailed understanding of moral disengagement could assist in reducing PED use in the future.