Ben Johnson and the use of steroids in sport: sociological and ethical considerations

Can J Sport Sci. 1991 Jun;16(2):88-98.


This paper examines from a sociological and an ethical standpoint the problem of steroids in sport and competition. After a sociological analysis of some key ideological, social, political, and economic issues related to drugs in sport, we address the question of whether ethically we wish these developments to continue along the same path. A final analysis of the nature of the "authentic practice" makes the distinction between the practice itself with its intrinsic search for excellence and the organizations that sustain the practice but are essentially and necessarily concerned with extrinsic rewards from winning--money, power, status. Priorities have to be reexamined in light of certain fundamental ethical principles.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Attitude
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Canada
  • Doping in Sports* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Doping in Sports* / prevention & control
  • Ethics*
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Running*
  • Sociology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Steroids* / administration & dosage


  • Steroids

Personal name as subject

  • B Johnson