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SPHE319 - Sports and Drugs

Course Details

Course Code: SPHE319 Course ID: 3322 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a broad investigation into the types and categories of pharmacological and nutritional performance enhancing substances used by athletes throughout history to present date. Students will use analytical techniques to identify, compare, and categorize the five major groups of performance enhancing drugs and nutritional supplements. They will discover the origins, physiological effects, prevalence, and usage trends of drug families, and from the information, the student will be able to formulate an understanding as to why certain drugs are used for specific sports, despite illegal consequences. Students will be able to list, define, explain, and fully understand therapeutic drugs, naturally produced hormones, nutritional supplements, cardiovascular enhancements, and stimulants, through individual and collaborative research, discussion, and presentation opportunities. Engaging debate and exploratory discussion options will provide students the chance to critique, appraise, and ultimately formulate individual conclusions surrounding the moral, ethical and social aspects of drug use in sport. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to examine the legal aspects of drugs in sports, the administrative and political drug control processes, and how organizations have evolved over time, through increased awareness of the need to control or eliminate the use of drugs in sports performance. Students will investigate and explore the numerous current event issues, as well as the athletes, and professionals associated and implicated in the illegal use of drugs in athletic performance.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (L.O.):

  1. Analyze the latest doping control regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
  2. Define the implications associated with the major class of drugs used in sport.
  3. Perform an interview on performance enhancing drugs with a professional working with athletes.
  4. Analyze current research findings on performance enhancing drugs.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to work as a team in an online setting.
  6. Analyze current research trends with a specific performance enhancing drug.

Please visit and search by the course number (SPHE319) to access your required resources.

Textbook in APA format:

Mottram, David A. (6 ed.). (2010). Drugs in Sport. London: Routledge

Required Readings:

See Course Outline

Additional Resources:

In the Course Materials folder there are additional course articles, and up to date APA handouts.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Drugs in Sport 6th Edition-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Routledge Lib
Unit Cost:$69.14

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.