The education provision of the SAFEYOU PROGRAMME comprises twelve Sessions grouped in eight stand-alone Themes. Taken all together, these sessions explore PAES use in a broad environmental, political and social societal context. The overarching aim of the education provision of the SAFE YOU PROGRAMME is to increase the health literacy of young people about PAES by developing both cognitive and social skills underpinning the motivation and ability of individuals to gain access, to understand and to use information in ways which support considerate self-care for long-term health and well-being.

It is built on the importance of knowledge and revolves around our slogan “Know your body. Know your substances.” – which promotes making informed, evidence-based and holistic decisions about PAES that takes not only the performance- and image enhancing substances but also their effects on a young person’s physical and psychological well-being into account in a broader societal and environmental context. In this endeavour, the SAFEYOU PROGRAMME recognises that PAES use is not a categorical, all-or-nothing decision but it manifests on a continuum along which individual decisions are made. In this continuum, some substances are more acceptable than others; or some substances may even be used in order to stay away from other substances.

Each Theme is supported by one or two detailed session plans, assorted teaching materials (e.g., PowerPoint presentation slides, suggested readings, case studies and videos) as well as assessment guides and assessment tools. The sessions adopt a critical view in order to encourage and maintain an open dialogue – as opposed to giving a lecture – about PAES use.

Within the Themes, each Session is designed for 45 minutes contact time with additional tasks set outside the workshop settings to facilitate independent learning. Although the Themes are primarily designed to be delivered by a facilitator, they are also suitable for self-directed learning.

The detailed Session plans and supporting teaching materials can be used stand alone or in any sequence or combination. The Session plans and teaching materials are freely downloadable from the SAFE YOU Project website (

Doping is contrary to the Spirit of Sport

A reflection on the values determining the Spirit of Sport

Why Athletes Don’t Live by the Spirit of Sport

Athletes’ justifications for PAES use and how to deal with them

Need for doping control in sport

The importance of rules and regulations in safeguarding competition

Enhancing Substances (PAES) and Associated Health Risks

Information on PAES and their consequences to health

Know Your Supplements and Medications

Being aware of the content of supplements and medications

Social influence and doping

Points putting pressure to athletes for PAES use

Is doping a temptation

Develop skills to resist social pressure

Doping is Not a Quick Performance Fix

Managing emotions and stressors that stem from performance-related concerns

Beyond Being Clean Athletes’ Role in Protecting Clean Sport

Athletes’ role as ambassadors of clean sports