Last updated on: 9/25/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Dag Vidar Hanstad, PhD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“I will say that my answer to the question is no (con).”

Email to ProCon.org, Sep. 18, 2009

[Editor’s Note: In addition to the Sep. 18, 2009 con statement above, ProCon.org found a Not Clearly Pro or Con statement from July 2009 below.]

“While there may indeed be potentially harmful side effects associated with the use of certain banned drugs, much the same may also be said about many drugs that are not banned and that are widely used within the sporting context.

It might also be noted that there are several drugs that have either been banned or whose use has been restricted under either IOC or WADA regulations, but that are widely available to the general public, widely used in daily life and appear to present no major threat to health.

This does not, however, mean that there are not real health risks associated with the use of some performance-enhancing drugs, for some banned drugs do have potentially serious adverse side effects if used in high doses over long periods.”

Cowritten with Ivan Waddington, “Sport, Health and Drugs: A Critical Re-examination of Some Key Issues and Problems,” Perspectives in Public Health, July 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Department of Cultural and Social Studies, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
  • Head, Sport Management Program, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
  • Former Research Fellow, Department of Cultural and Social Studies, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
  • Senior member, International Network of Humanistic Doping Research
  • Member, Program committee, Play the Game conference
  • Former Editor, Sportsanalyse.no (sports website)
  • Former Sports Editor, Aftenposten (Norwegian newspaper)
Education:
  • PhD, Cultural and Social Studies, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, 2009
  • MA, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, 1991
Other:
  • Played handball on the Norwegian national team
Quoted in:
  1. Is the 2009 WADA "Whereabouts" Rule (Requiring Professional Athletes to Report Three Months in Advance Where They Will Be for One Hour Every Day) an Unfair Invasion of Athletes' Privacy?