Doping in Sports

Winning at Any Cost?

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

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.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 104
Publication Date 2016-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 11.9
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN053000, YAN051070
Dewey 362.29'088796
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1280
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

Author: Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

Stephanie Sammartino McPherson wrote her first children's story in college. She enjoyed the process so much that she's never stopped writing. A former teacher and freelance newspaper writer, she has written more than thirty books and numerous magazine stories. Her recent books include Hothouse Earth: The Climate Crisis and the Importance of Carbon Neutrality, winner of the Green Earth Book Award for young adult nonfiction, and Breakthrough: Katalin Karikó and the mRNA Vaccine. Stephanie and her husband, Richard, live in Virginia.



“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

Kirkus Reviews

“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