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The recent doping "scandals" in the world of sport raise the delicate problem of doping. We are currently witnessing an increasing number of anti-doping controls aimed at eradicating doping.

The athlete at the centre of this problem is placed in the spotlight; it is important to realise, however, that once he has been caught up in the vicious circle of doping, it is extremely difficult for the athlete to kick the habit alone.
This is why young athletes must be educated as soon as they enter the world of sport.

Athletes must bear in mind that doping will not only ruin their sporting careers (which might have been promising) but also, which is much more serious, their health.
A healthy lifestyle matching your requirements removes the needs for artificial products supposed to make up for these deficiencies.
A correct diet, sufficient sleep, suitable training, regular rest periods and a healthy environment are the pillars of a healthy lifestyle for the athlete.

A balanced and varied diet adapted to the sporting activity (refer to the articles "Diet during competition" and "Hydration") will provide all the nutrients (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates), vitamins (especially B1, B2, B6, E and C) and minerals (especially sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium) the body needs, without supplements.
Combined with a suitable hydration plan, this diet will naturally push back the limits of physical fatigue and develop your full sporting potential.

The number of hours of sleep required to rest the "human machine" must never be cut short.

The training must correspond to a muscular or articular work load that the body can withstand; pushing back these limits will only result in injuries which may have serious repercussions on the body and possibly even put an end to a sporting career.

Regular rest periods must be planned so that the body can recuperate from its efforts. Rest is essential both physical and mentally.

A positive environment is vital for the athlete; he must be able to rely entirely on the people who work for him and who take some of the load off his shoulders (logistics, organisation, etc.).

The fact remains that it is the athlete's education which will allow him to say "no" to something which appears incorrect or unsuitable for him.
He should have the reflex to refuse any drinks, products or pills of unknown composition; he must not hesitate to ask for the labels of products which are proposed to him in unmarked containers, no matter who is offering them.

The fight against doping is everyone's concern.
Mentalities must change.
Only ask athletes to do what is humanly possible.
The spirit of sport must prevail.