alexa Doping in Italy: An Analysis of its Spread in Ten Years
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Doping in Italy: An Analysis of its Spread in Ten Years

Filomena Mazzeo1, Marcellino Monda3*, Giovanni Messina3, Stefania Santamaria2, Antonietta Messina3, Maura Montesano1, Vincenzo Monda3 and Domenico Tafuri2

1Department of Science and Technologies, Parthenope University of Naples, Naples, Italy

2Department of Sport Sciences and Wellness, Parthenope University of Naples, Naples, Italy

3Department of Experimental Medicine, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy

Corresponding Author:
Marcellino Monda
Dipartimento di Medicina Sperimentale
Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli
via S.M. di Costantinopoli, 16, I-80138 Napoli, Italy
Tel: 390815665804
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: November 19, 2015 Accepted date: December 28, 2015 Published date: January 04, 2016

Citation: Mazzeo F, Monda M, Messina G, Santamaria S, Messina A, et al. (2016) Doping in Italy: An Analysis of its Spread in Ten Years. Biol Med (Aligarh) 8:263. doi:10.4172/0974-8369.1000263

Copyright: © 2016 Monda M, 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.



Aim: Doping affects the sport. Its explosive spread has triggered the response of sports’ and government’s institutions. The aims of this study were to know the spread of doping in Italy, what were the most used substances and/or method and in which sports it was more common. Moreover, what instruments were used to contrast it.

Methods: We have analysed the doping’s spread in Italy since 2003. The data come from the databases of government and sports Italians institutions. We have compared those data and focused our attention on substances and/or methods discovered in athletes. Furthermore, data’s combination showed the reason of drug addiction.

Results: In Italy, only 3% of checked athletes are doped, many of them are men and young athletes dope less than the older ones. Doped athletes play mainly cycling, athletics, swimming and football. The prominent peak of them is in the Central and Southern Italy in 2008 and 2010. Moreover, the analysis of data relating to galenic preparations declared during the year 2012, shows that 75% of the prescribed substances are diuretics and masking agents, anabolic steroids and stimulant. Regarding the substances, cannabinoids and stimulants have recorded the highest consumption.

Conclusion: The data show only the tip of the iceberg due to doping’s secrecy. Every substance that give pleasant sensations or help the subject in his activity will bring him to repeat the consumption. Frequently, new substances and methods are discovered. For this reason, to contrast this phenomenon, there are legislation instruments together with various funded projects.


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