Last updated on: 7/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

William D. Knopp, MD Biography

Title:
Director of Sports Medicine at the Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“Given the competitive nature of sports, athletes will always seek advantage over their opponents. Unfortunately, some of these athletes will resort to using ergogenic aids. This usage is usually done in secret, with users not wanting peers, coaches, or physicians to be aware of their activities. As such, athletes are frequently misinformed and do no have accurate information regarding the methods they are using.

It is the physician’s responsibility to help maintain the safety and health of the athletes with which he or she works. The physician should remain vigilant for signs of doping. Suspicion should be aroused when there are physical changes that involve rapid gains in size and strength…By maintaining knowledge of current drugs and their effects, the physician will be able to recognize potential use of agents and intervene if necessary. Providing athletes with information about the efficacy, side effects, and policies concerning drug use may help the athlete make an informed decision regarding the use of these substances.”

“Ergogenic Drugs in Sports,” Clinics in Sports Medicine, July 1997

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of Sports Medicine, Methodist Hospital, Family Practice Residency Program (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Division of Sports Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Physician, Park Nicollet Clinic (St. Louis Park, MN, and Chanhassen, MN)
  • American Board of Family Practice certification, 1991, 1997
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ), Primary Care Sports Medicine, 1993
  • Sports Medicine Fellowship, Kaiser Permanente (Fontana, CA), 1991-1992
  • Family Practice Resident, West Suburban Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program (Oak Park, IL), 1988-1991
  • Former Director of Sports Medicine, MacNeal Family Practice Residency Program, MacNeal Hospital/Rush Medical School Clinical Faculty (Berwyn, IL)
  • Member, American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • Member, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Member, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)
Education:
  • MD, University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, 1988
  • BS, University of Toledo, 1984
Other:
  • None found