Recreational substance abuse: Professional sport’s hidden problem
Illicit drugs and alcohol can be a means of escape for under pressure athletes – or a crutch for those who didn’t make it professionally. But what is the key to prevention?
The fact that practising sport benefits health is no secret. Regular exercise has long been proven to help prevent diseases and illnesses that would otherwise shorten lives. In the professional sport scene, however, the desire to become the best can often push athletes down paths they never intended to follow to the detriment of their health.