This is just another in a long and sad history of pro athletes looking to gain a competitive edge by using banned substances.
With so much money at stake for professional ball players, it’s not surprising that they would go to such lengths to bolster their success. The really sad part is that these athletes are setting an example for the younger generation of sports stars to follow.
While we don’t hear about them as often on the local level, there’s little doubt our area prep stars are tempted to use steroids.
A 2012 study in Minnesota found that 5 percent of young athletes had used steroids to bulk up. Many more — a third of boys and one-fifth of all girls in the study — said they had used protein or powder shakes to gain muscle mass, and around 10 percent had used non-steroid muscle-enhancing substances, such as Creatine.
What message are these youngsters receiving that makes them feel that they must push themselves this hard, to the point of risking their future well-being — not to mention breaking the law — in order to become more successful athletically?
Up until the recent Major League Baseball suspensions, we hadn’t heard much about steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.
With the fall prep sports season beginning this week, perhaps this is a well-timed reminder about the dangers of PEDs.
If you have a youngster competing in athletics, take a few moments and talk to them about steroids. Let them know that the immediate satisfaction of a boost in strength and performance is dwarfed by the long-term consequences.
Kudos to Major League Baseball for taking a firm stand against these cheaters — a list that includes a few of the biggest games in the game, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun.
Hopefully, our local athletes will get the message and realize that, with steroids, everyone loses.
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