Date Approved

4-7-2005

Embargo Period

4-10-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Moyer, David H.

Subject(s)

Drug testing--New Jersey; High school athletes--Drug use--New Jersey

Disciplines

Educational Leadership

Abstract

This study examined the use of performance enhancing supplements of Buena Regional High School student-athletes and the need for drug testing policies. The subjects included 120 student-athletes who had participated at the varsity or sub-varsity level. The student-athletes completed a 21 item survey that consisted of 6 items that measured the students demographics such as age, gender, grade, race, sport and level. The survey also consisted of 15 statements that determined student's use of performance supplements, reasons why they use supplements, the types of supplements that are used and their feelings about drug testing policies. The data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). The findings suggested that the student-athletes are using supplements that are both legal and illegal to improve sport performance (35.9%). The findings also suggest that the student-athletes would support a drug testing policy (76.7%).

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