Can We Consider Religiousness as a Protective Factor Against Doping Behavior in Sport?

  • Jelena Rodek
  • Damir Sekulic
  • Emir Pasalic
Original Paper


Religiousness is rarely studied in relation to doping behaviors in sport. In this study, we sampled 27 weightlifting/powerlifting athletes from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Using the originally developed questionnaire and by means of Spearman’s correlation, we interpreted data and discussed relationships between (a) social, religious, sport, and educational factors, and (b) substance use criteria, including cigarettes, alcohol, analgesics, nutritional supplementation, and doping behaviors. In conclusion, we found (1) that religiousness can be considered as a potential protective factor against doping, but also (2) that religious subjects tend to deny and underestimate the doping behaviors in their sport. Both of these findings should be extensively studied in future investigations.


Religiosity Substance use Islam Parenthood Ethnic diversity 



Damir Sekulic is an Associate Professor, University of Split, Croatia. Projects: Specific and situational measuring procedures in sport and kinesiology (funded by Croatian Government); Doping predictors in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia (proposed for WADA funding). More than 30 times cited in the CC-SCI journals.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of KinesiologyUniversity of SplitSplitCroatia
  2. 2.Faculty of Sport and Physical EducationUniversity of SarajevoSarajevoBosnia and Herzegovina

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