The Open Sports Medicine Journal




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Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Anabolic Steroids Use Among Gym Users in Al-Ain District, United Arab Emirates


The Open Sports Medicine Journal, 2008, 2: 75-81

Omar Al-Falasi, Khalid Al-Dahmani, Khalid Al-Eisaei, Salem Al-Ameri, Fatma Al-Maskari, Nicholas Nagelkerke, John Schneider

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of the United Arab Emirates, Al Ain, UAE.

Electronic publication date //2008
[DOI: 10.2174/1874387000802010075]




Abstract:

Anabolic steroids (AS) are synthetic testosterone derivatives with longer duration of action than physiological androgens. They are abused in sport because of their potential to enhance muscle strength. Serious medical and psychological complication may be associated with their non medical use. The aim of the study was to assess the knowledge, attitudes and use of AS among gym users in Al-Ain district, UAE. A cross sectional survey was carried out among gym users of 18 randomly selected gyms in Al-Ain city during May, 2006. A self administered questionnaire was distributed to all gym-users entering and leaving the selected gym by the researchers during the study period and refusals were noted. The study showed a very high prevalence of misuse AS (22%) among gym users in Al-Ain city. AS use was statistically significantly higher among UAE nationals, among body builders, weight lifters and among commercial club users compared to others; and despite awareness of adverse consequences of AS, 7% of non-users were planning future use of AS. In addition, abusers perceived more benefits from the use of AS than harm. Implementation of programs devoted for increasing the public awareness is essential and may help avoiding the propagation of the problem.


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