How To Really Stop Blood Doping In Sports: Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. Is Interviewed By The Canadian Broadcasting Company

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Dangers of blood doping in sports are discussed and solutions to this problem are outlined.

Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. a psychotherapist who counsels athletes and the founder of will appear on one of Canada's most popular news shows on Sunday, September 23, 2007. Dr. Granat, who strongly opposes blood doping and steroid use will appear on a panel with a British expert who is in favor of permitting doping under some circumstances.

According to Dr. Granat, research on doping indicates that it can harm the immune system, cause infections, serious clots and death. In addition, "I have had several patients who were involved with doping and steroids and they present like addicts. They believe they can not perform or cope without using these substances. We don't need more addicts in sports or in society at large."

Secondly, "We have enough instances of cheating in sports, in politics and in business. We don't need another way for people to bend and break the rules."

Third, "The beauty of sport is you have athletes working hard and competing against one another. The winner in these contests should be the athlete with the most skill and with the best performance-not the athlete with the most devious pharmacist, chemist or transfusionist."

Furthermore, "Allowing doping will set a terrible example for young athletes."

Where the weekend warrior is concerned, Dr. Granat raises the following question. "How would you feel if your regular sports partner starts dominating you because he or she starts doping? This behavior would ruin the camaraderie and competitive joy that you have shared over the years."

According to Dr. Granat, there are eight ways to solve the doping problem in sports:

1. Strict penalties for coaches, athletes, trainers, manufacturers, distributors and league officials need to be implemented and enforced. Fines, prison terms and lifetime bans should be a part of a conviction for a second offense.

2. We need to continue to develop cutting edge science and technology to detect sports personnel involved with this form of cheating.

3. Educational campaigns and advertising campaigns educating the sports world about the dangers of these substances need to be developed and implemented in the mass media, sports journals and educational institutions.

4. Increased research into physical and psychological dangers of this practice needs to be conducted by top scientists, physiologists and psychologists.

5. Treatment programs modeled after addiction programs for athletes who are abusing steroids or who are engaged in doping need to be developed.

6. Continued research on the long term effects of doping needs to be conducted.

7. A widespread effort to restore and maintain integrity, honesty and decency in sports, politics, business and society needs to be undertaken. This will have to be a multidisciplinary effort by educators, politicians, sociologists and clergy.

8. Athletes need more psychological training and coaching so they learn how to manage pressure more effectively, compete more effectively and better understand how they can use their minds and their internal spirit and fortitude to perform to their fullest potential instead of harmful substances.

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