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Issues Study- Drugs in Footy Thursday, 9 April 2015 10:13 AM Question: Explain the current issue of recreational and performance enhancing drugs being used in Australian Football at the amateur and professional level, and how changes in law and regulations can help solve this problem. There have been many incidents in Australian Rules football in recent times that have involved drugs including professionals using drugs recreationally and to enhance their performance and Amateur football coaches giving their players ‘ice’ to give them a winning edge. Just as clouded as the use of these substances are the regulations surrounding the use of these substances. There has been continued instances of players in the AFL using performance enhancing drugs to gain the edge over their competitors. A recent example of performance enhancing drugs being used inappropriately involved the Essendon Football Club. The Essendon football club were accused of injecting their players with unknown substances and kept very poor records of these injections. Although they were later cleared of any wrongdoings due to lack of evidence 1 , the emotional trauma suffered by the players was not necessary for the small advantage they were to gain on the field (the case has just been reopened and challenged by WADA 2 ). Another example of a player taking a banned substance was Ryan Crowley 3 . Ryan Crowley took a painkiller outside of the club’s protocol that contained the banned substance. Further to this were the Collingwood duo of Josh Thomas and Lachlan Keefe taking the banned substance clembuterol 4 . In the case if Ryan Crowley and the Collingwood duo, they have been provisionally suspended but in the case of Essendon they were not provisionally suspended. The Essendon case took over 2 years to conclude and the two recent cases haven’t been resolved in over 6 weeks. This shows a lack of clarity in the law regarding the use of these substances and how that impacts on the outcome for all those involved. This could be controlled at the legislative/executive powers of government by them stepping in and making it clear to the AFL and the clubs that no one should be suspended from playing until they are proven guilty, and that the public should not be aware of the wrongdoings until this has happened. This means that the standards are the same for everyone and that the players have a right to a fair trial and process.
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  • Illegal drug trade, Recreational drug use, Australian rules football, Australian Football League

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