Last updated on: 10/22/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Jay P. Granat, PhD Biography

Title:
Psychotherapist and Founder of StayInTheZone.com
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“One of my main objections to doping is that it’s dangerous. Doping can cause blood clots, hurt our immune system, and it can create strokes and infections. So it’s quite dangerous. Secondly, I’ve treated a number of athletes who have involved with doping and anabolic steroid use, and I can tell you that clinically these people present just like addicts, and we don’t need more addicts in sports we don’t need more addicts in society. I think this [allowing doping in sports] would be a mistake. I think we would be opening the floodgates. Young people will model and imitate what they see people do. They’ll get involved with this at an earlier and earlier stage in life. And then we’re going to have some deaths, and some problems, and we’re going to feel kind of bad about loosening the regulations.

The purity of sports, the beauty of sports is about athletes competing with a sound mind and a sound body. We don’t want the athlete with the best chemist, best pharmacist, or the best transfusionist to be the champion.”

“Doping in Sports – Here To Stay?,” Sunday, aired on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News [as transcribed by ProCon.org], Sep. 23, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Psychotherapist, 1985-present
  • Founder, StayInTheZone.com
  • Featured in The New York Times, Good Morning America, ESPN, Tennis Magazine, and the BBC
  • Named “America’s Top Ten Mental Gurus” by Golf Digest
  • Lectured on peak performance at Fortune 500 corporations including Hyatt, Schering Plough and Paine Webber
  • Former Professor, Fairliegh Dickinson University
Education:
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1978
  • BA, cum laude, Psychology and English, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1973
Other:
  • Creator the following CD audio programs: Bed Time Stories for Young Athletes, How to Get Into the Zone with Sport Psychology and Self-Hypnosis, How to Lower Your Golf Score with Sport Psychology and Self-Hypnosis, and 101 Ways to Break Out of a Hitting Slump
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports Be Legalized?
  2. Should "Blood Doping" and Erythropoietin (EPO) Use Be Accepted in Sports?