We understand the pressures athletes feel and we know the issues sports administrators, athletic directors, coaches, athletes, and parents face when it comes to working with athletes – athletes have questions and they look to you for accurate answers. As experts, let us provide you with the latest information on every performance-enhancing drug and supplement – from anabolic steroids and stimulants to gene doping and more – so you will have command of this important and timely topic and, be prepared to respond to questions from your athletes.
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“The use of performance-enhancing drugs like steroids in baseball, football, and other sports…sends the wrong message: that there are shortcuts to accomplishment, and that performance is more important than character.” – President Bush, State of the Union Speech, 1/20/05
Drug use in sports is not new. Athletes have used performance-enhancing substances for ages. And today’s athletes continue to use a variety of drugs, substances, and methods to enhance both their performance and appearance.
Included among these drugs are anabolic steroids, prohormones, human growth hormone, insulin, stimulants such as caffeine and amphetamines, diuretics, anti-inflammatories, and dietary supplements like protein powder and creatine.
Unfortunately, none of these drugs, substances, and methods is without adverse health effects – with abuse of several resulting in death.
Because of the health-related effects, illegal status, and unethical nature of many performance-enhancing substances, several states now require, in addition to statewide steroid testing for prep athletes, mandatory steroid education for coaching certification and athletic participation.