Date of Publication

Fall 2014

Document Type

Undergraduate Project

Professor's Name

Katharine Burakowski


Performance enhancing and prescription drugs were a growing issue in professional football, as more players in recent years have fallen victim to drug testing; resulting in lengthy suspensions and fines. This research aimed to show that the culture of using performance enhancing and prescription drugs in order to play football starts at the college level or even earlier. Past research had laid the foundation for this study and through the use of a random sampling method; colleges and universities from across the country were asked to take a survey. From their responses, some patterns had started to develop. Results from the study showed that there was some incentive to use performance-enhancing drugs in order to achieve financial success and to sustain a career at the collegiate and professional level. Also, players were willing to take narcotic painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in order to play through injuries. This was analyzed to see the overall impact that these drugs were having on the sport and also on player health. Further analysis and a larger sampling method may be necessary in order to make an assumption about the overall population and drug culture within college football.