Back in January we shared some results of the survey we conducted with Harris Interactive about adults’ views on doping in sport, particularly the Olympics. Considering that in the 3 months since the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the International Olympic Committee has found twelve athletes violated anti-doping rules, this topic is still as relevant as ever.
Whenever it becomes public knowledge that an athlete has used performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), many people worry about the effect that will have on young athletes. How do they respond to seeing their athletic role models cheating in sport and harming their body?
To gain insight into how teens respond to cheating in sport, Kat Ulich decided to ask her fellow classmates the same questions we posed to adults in our January survey. The results showed that adults and teens seemed generally to have the same feelings about doping in sport. However, it was interesting to observe those responses which differed among the two groups. For instance, while less than 50% of adults strongly agree with the idea that more actions needs to be taken to prevent the use of PEDs at the Olympics, 83% of teens strongly agree we need more preventive measures. It seems their differences lie in how vehement in their responses the two groups are, because when combining the “strongly agree” and “somewhat agree” responses to that question, 88% of adults agreed overall, and 91% of teens agreed overall.
Check out our infographic below, which illustrates some of the highlights from the surveys.