37231 - Toxicology and Prevention of Doping

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Wellness and Sport Management (cod. 9214)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student knows the safety and the toxic risk linked to drug therapy. The students knows the epidemiology of doping and the health risk of doping substances.

Course contents

Principles of Toxicology: Classification of the toxic effects. Risk-assessment for drug. Relationship between efficacy and toxicity of drugs.

List of substances and methods prohibited. Mechanism of action and toxic effects induced by doping substances: non-approvated substances; anabolic agents; peptide hormones; beta-2 agonists; glucocorticosteroids; stimulants; narcotics. Substances included in the Monitoring Program.

Analysis of the health risks related to the abuse of drugs used to improve sports performance. Therapeutic Use Exemption.

Epidemiology of doping. Analysis of doping in various sports.

Regulatory aspects: the national and international legislation on doping

Doping controls and tests. Antidoping analytical procedures: current situation and perspectives.


Drugs in Sport, Mottram DR, Chester N. 7th Edition,2018.

Teaching methods

Lectures with multimedia aids. The teaching material presented at the lectures is available on "Insegnamenti On Line" platform of the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna.

Assessment methods

The exam will consist in an oral test aimed at assessing the student's understanding and knowledge of the topics set out during the course. The examination consists of an interview. The student will get a mark for each course unit (Hygiene and safety of sport facilities 3CFU - Toxicology and prevention of doping 3CFU). The marks obtained for each interview, in proportion to the number of credits, contribute to the final grade of thirty. The achievement by the student of an organic vision of the issues addressed during the course and the use of an appropriate specific terminology will be assessed with a mark of excellence.

To check exam dates, students can access AlmaEsami.

Teaching tools

Slides are usually used to enhance clarity during courses. The materials used will be uploaded to to the website https://iol.unibo.it. Username and password are reserved for students enrolled at the University of Bologna.

Office hours

See the website of Carmela Fimognari


Good health and well-being

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.