Professor and Research Director at the Center for Sport at the University of Aarhus in Denmark
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"It has been asserted that sport would lose its power to fascinate and its popularity if medically hazardous doping practices were not eliminated. But panicked pronouncements of this kind stand in direct contradiction to the attitude taken toward other forms of culture with which sport can be compared.
Consider, for example, how we look on with equanimity as ballet dancers submit their bodies to training regimens that turn some of them into invalids. [...]
Or think about how we continue to appreciate the music of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin, despite the fact that all of them died as a consequence of alcohol and drug abuse before they turned thirty. Who really believes that someone who has learned to appreciate their music might suddenly wake up one day and say it wasn't worth listening to, because he had just found out that this music was inspired by illicit drugs?"
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or other relevant advanced degrees, heads of professional sports leagues, and US Congress members with significant involvement in, or related to, performance enhancing drugs and sports. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor, Center for Sport, University of Aarhus (Denmark), 2006-present
Research Director, Center for Sport, University of Aarhus, 2006-present
Associate Professor, Institute of Sports Science and Biomechanics of Southern Denmark, (Odense, Denmark), 2002-2006
Assistant Professor, Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, 2000-2002
Honorary Research Fellow, Keele University (England), 1998-1999
Doctoral Fellow,Institute of Sports Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Odense, 1994-1997
Teaching and Research Assistant, Institute of Sports Science, University of Odense, 1991-1993