Last updated on: 12/1/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Peter A. Fricker, MBBS Biography

Title:
Former Director of the Australian Institute of Sport
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“Doping authorities are further ahead than they have ever been, but awareness that doping is prevalent in sport is also greater than it has ever been. With current antidoping policies, authorities greatly decrease the widespread use of dangerous substances in sport. However the difficulties with enforcing prohibitions lead to many areas of controversy. It is planned that subtle ongoing changes will be made to the WADA Code, making it necessary for all medical practitioners who treat athletes to know how to check up-to-date lists of legal drugs and substances.”

“The Use and Misuse of Performance-Enhancing Substances in Sport,” The Medical Journal of Australia, Feb. 6, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Australian Institute of Sport, 2005-Aug. 2011
  • Adjunct Professor, Sports Medicine, University of Canberra, Australia, 2001-present
  • Chairman, Medical Commission, Australian Commonwealth Games Association
  • Former Medical Director of Australian teams, Athens Olympics, 2004
  • Former Medical Director of Australian teams, Manchester Commonwealth Games, 2002
  • Awarded the Australian Sports Medal, 2001
  • Awarded Medal of the Order of Australia, 1993
Education:
  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery), University of New South Wales, 1974
Other:
  • Fellow, Australasian College of Sports Physicians
Quoted in:
  1. Why Are Some Performance Enhancing Drugs Legal While Others Are Banned?