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Clean Sport Week 2020 Spotlight on Carnegie Researchers

Clean Sport Week 2020 runs from 18-24 May and is led by the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD). The campaign aims to engage the sporting community in efforts to prevent doping in sport, and it will see athletes, coaches, clubs, and governing bodies take to social media and other online platforms to share their stories and promote their services.

Members of the Protecting Sporting Integrity and Welfare (PROSPER) Research Group (pictured below), in the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University, are proud to be supporting Clean Sport Week.

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For the Carnegie School of Sport research team, Clean Sport Week provides an opportunity to shine a light on several pertinent matters, and raise awareness of some of the work we are undertaking to support global clean sport efforts.

In the previous two years, we have shared ‘snapshots’ of our recent projects and publications. For example, in 2018 we posted a series of blogs to highlight issues around the use of food supplements, the role of coaches in creating clean sport climates, and how collective responsibility for clean sport can be enabled through a clean sport bystander intervention. Last year, we posted a daily Tweet on five contemporary issues, including Professor Susan Backhouse’s work within the Clean Sport Alliance and Dr Gareth Jowett’s research into the connection between perfectionism and doping.

This year, our team will again share daily insights into ongoing work on the Carnegie School of Sport website. This will include signposting to recent publications on ‘coping and doping’, the development of a psychometrically validated measure of doping willingness, and the importance of coach well-being. These daily posts will be accompanied by Dr Helen Staff’s blog on a recently funded International Olympic Committee project seeking to understand parent clean sport behaviours, and a press release of our film storying the process of reporting doping in sport. In relation to the film, Dr Laurie Patterson, Dr Kelsey Erickson and Professor Susan Backhouse will be releasing daily film teasers (via @Carnegie_Sport)and we will end the week by releasing the full length video on Friday 22nd via the Leeds Beckett University YouTube channel

With its longstanding commitment to protecting sporting integrity and athlete welfare, the PROSPER group is excited to share their work with the sporting community. One of PROSPER’s aims is to develop understanding of doping and clean sport behaviours in order to advance evidence-informed interventions. To achieve this aim, we are motivated to bridge the gap between research, policy and practice and we hope that the insights that we share over the coming days are useful, usable and used! 

If you would like to contact the PROSPER Group, please email 
You can follow the campaign on social media via #CleanSportWeek and #CleanInQuarantine.
You can also find more useful information on our Clean Sport Week hub here.


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