Two years ago, a consortium of global experts in the study of the use of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs), joined forces through the ERASMUS+ funded SAFE YOU (Strengthening the Anti-doping Fight in Fitness and Exercise in Youth) project to develop an evidence-based educational tool to support young people involved in amateur sports, fitness avoid potential harm from the use of PIEDs.
The SAFE YOU team is committed to working together with young exercisers and amateur athletes to learn more about the situation and present strategies for health promotion. We do not advocate ever spiralling legislative restriction, nor present an unrealistic picture of depravity and human waste. We aim to confront the issue head on. From this perspective, the SAFE YOU TOOL was created with the active involvement of the end-users to ensure that the information is relevant and useful for those who we intend to serve.
The SAFE YOU TOOL is a carefully planned collection of information resources and educational materials.
To reflect the true global nature of the phenomenon and the need for harmonised effort across Europe, the SAFE YOU TOOL is currently available in four languages: English, German, Italian and Greek.
The SAFE YOU Project consciously adopts a non-judgmental and pragmatic approach to performance and image enhancing drug use by aiming to empower young people to make informed decisions about these substances. Hence our motto “Know Your Body. Know Your Substances.”
If you would like to be involved in this project, have suggestions or comments for us, please get in touch. We would very much appreciate your feedback.