Drug-free Sport (Quest Award elective)
Complete requirements 1 or 2 and two additional subcategories, OR complete requirements 3 and 4.
- Requirement 1. Research two classes or categories of prohibited substances in Olympic sport, as possibly listed on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Web site. Develop a paper (minimum 1,000 words) or a presentation that thoroughly addresses the following questions:
- What legitimate medical purposes is the substance used for?
- What health risks are associated with using and/or abusing the substance?
- How are other people and competition affected if an athlete cheats by using a prohibited substance?
- What consequences does an athlete in the sport you identified face when they have been found cheating?
- What is the best training program for an athlete who wants to excel at the sport you chose (e.g., nutrition, workouts, etc.)?
- Requirement 2.
- a. Attend a health class that is at least 15 hours long that focuses on drug-free sport and making decisions about not using drugs in sport. This course could be conducted through your local school, community education system, college/university, sports or athletics, or an on-line course. Then develop your own multi- session drug-free sport health curriculum that you could teach to a youth group.
- b. In consultation with your Advisor, do two of the following subcategories:
- 1. Develop a “fair play,” drug-free sports campaign poster with a slogan and image. Identify at least one facility (sport group, school, church, or community place) at which to post your pro- motional work. Near the poster, include a box to hold a smaller version (handout) that people can take with them.
- 2. Using a decision-making model, help a group of youth learn how to make a good decision about not using drugs. This should include having them identify a number of issues involved, including health risks and ethics.
- 3. Develop an ethical controversy related to drug use in sport. Lead/facilitate an ethics forum with your crew based upon the ethical controversy you have developed.
- 4. Contact a professional in anti-doping and gather educational information about drug-free sport. Summarize and share the information and resources you gathered.
- 5. Research the history of doping or use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport. Create a timeline summarizing when certain drugs were used, what the drugs were, what the perceived benefit was, and what risks athletes put themselves in by using those drugs.
- 6. Using resources from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency or another credible current anti-doping source, list all prohibited classes or categories of substances and prohibited methods of doping in Olympic sport (see the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Web site). Briefly identify what the drugs do to the body for each substance class or category. In 500 words, write about why doping is prohibited in sport.
- OR do both of the following:
- Requirement 3.
- a. With a properly trained crew Advisor, coach, or teacher, attend and complete a national or statewide-recognized course, such as Character Counts-Pursuing Victory With Honor, or ATLAS (Athletes Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids). For details on these two programs, please refer to the Web sites listed below and to the Venturing Leader Manual.
- b. Develop and deliver a presentation on drug-free sports to a youth school or sport group. Design a pamphlet or handout that supports the presentation. You can also use materials available from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Source: 2003 Quest Handbook (33151)