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July 27, 1984

Olympics drug testing: basis for future study—

JAMA. 1984;252(4):454-460. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350040002002

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After the summer Olympic Games of the next few days have ended, a study committee will meet to examine the results of testing of athletes for possible use of banned substances.

Kenneth S. Clarke, PhD, director of the United States Olympic Committee's (USOC) Sports Medicine Division in Colorado Springs, Colo, says the study group will report its "consensus or disagreement" to the USOC and try to offer recommendations.

The past months have added up to what Clarke terms "an explosion" in knowledge of, and publicity about, the possible extent of some athletes' use of potentially dangerous drugs to try to enhance their performance in sports. The anabolic steroids have received particular attention.

Clarke says an important question that the post-Olympics study committee faces is the extent of the effort needed to get at the heart of the problem. New USOC officers will take office in January 1985, and the drug-control