Doping in Sports
Winning at Any Cost?
Behind the fame of big-time sports lies a complex web of controversy and deceit. Doping—the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) to gain a competitive athletic edge—is common in many sports. While doping can improve performance, it poses huge risks for athletes’ health and careers. Some of the world’s top athletes, from cyclist Lance Armstrong to professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez, have seen their images tarnished by doping scandals. Still, the pressure to win and high financial stakes drive many athletes to PEDs. Award-winning author Stephanie Sammartino McPherson uncovers the shadowy world of athletes who dope, the people and organizations that help them, and the scientists and officials committed to stopping them.
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 8|
|Genre||Nonfiction, Young Adult|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Twenty-First Century Books ™|
|Number of Pages||104|
|Reading Counts! Level||11.9|
|Dimensions||6 x 9|
|ATOS Reading Level||9.1|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||179377|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||4.0|
|Features||Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Source notes, and Table of contents|
“Building on the notion that misinformation is the enemy of prevention, the book seeks to make a strong case against doping through frank discussion and honest answers to sticky questions.”—Booklist
“McPherson’s concise, informative overview offers a solid introduction to the issue of doping in the high-stakes world of big-time sports.”—Kirkus Reviews
Author: Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
Stephanie Sammartino McPherson, a former teacher and freelance newspaper writer, enjoys writing about science and the human interest stories behind major discoveries. Stephanie and her husband Richard live in Virginia but also call California home.