What are steroids?
"Steroids are man-made drugs. They are prescribed when people produce low
amounts of testosterone naturally or to remedy the loss of muscle mass due to
diseases like AIDS(iplayclean.org)."
Is the illegal use of steroids widespread?
"Yes. More than a half-million U.S. high school students are believed to have used
anabolic (muscle-building) steroids illegally. The fastest-growing segment is
young women. Dosage often reaches hundreds of times what doctors prescribe
for medical treatment(iplayclean.org)."
Are they harmful?
"Yes, When abused, they can lead to serious health problems, including liver and heart
problems and cancer. They also can cause improper sexual development,
emotional problems including ‘roid rage, plus appearance problems including
acne, oily skin and bad breath(iplayclean.org)."
How do people get steroids?
"They are available illegally on the Internet, and can be shipped to your
doorstep in the form of pills, cream and injections. There are cases where
trainers, parents, coaches and black market dealers are believed to supply
Do they really enhance performance?
"They create muscle mass – not performance. Training hard, eating well, and
playing with attitude are what really improve performance(iplayclean.org)."
What about human growth hormones?
"Same story as steroids. They should only be medically prescribed and they don’t
improve performance. Many products are hyped but should be avoided. Why do people use them?
Because they think they are getting a competitive edge. But steroids are not
worth the risk. Beyond being illegal and causing unnecessary health issues, risks,
they may cause you to injure joints, tendons, ligaments and bones(iplayclean.org)."
Is it easy to test for steroids?
"Yes, and testing is getting better. If you use steroids, you will get caught
eventually. They can stay in your system for months and depending on how long your on them it can even stay in your system for a whole year(iplayclean.org)."
What happens if I get caught?
"Kiss your chances goodbye for playing at the next level. Collegiate and
professional leagues and teams will suspend you. Plus, you could face penalties
including fines and jail time(iplayclean.org)."
What do I do if I am currently using steroids?
"Confide in your doctor, and develop a plan to get off them ASAP(iplayclean.org)."