The urine-marker method as an intervention tool for psychogenic urination problems during doping controls
Doping and doping tests are a hotly discussed topic in competitive sports and athletes participating in competitions can potentially face an urine doping testing after each competition.
The media mainly reports on positive test results, however, there is another less prominent issue revolving around doping testing. The athletes want to pee, but it takes hours before they can actually urinate.
In these cases it is not a medical issue, but a psychological problem, making it difficult for athletes to pee in the presence of others. These problems can lead to major interruptions during training but also after competitions.
The goal of this project is to shed more light on the urination problems of athletes during doping controls and to evaluate the effectiveness of a unique intervention program (urine marker method).
The project is being conducted in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Ruprecht Keller (www.marker-test.de).
Funded by the German Federal Institute for Sport Science from 2008 to 2009.
Head of project: Anne-Marie Elbe