fredag 17 oktober 2008

Performance-Enhancing Drugs and Today’s Athlete: A Growing Concern

By Seth A. Cheatham, MD; Robert G. Hosey, MD; Darren L. Johnson, MD
ORTHOPEDICS 2008; 31:1014 October 2008

The use of anabolic steroids in professional athletes has been a concern for a long time; however, the rise in use by younger athletes is especially troubling. Physician-guided education is vital to the creation of an effective intervention program. As athletic competition continues to intensify, athletes strive to higher levels of performance to achieve success. There appears to be a “win at all costs” mentality, not only among many of today’s athletes, but also among their coaches and parents. It is this same mentality that fuels many athletes to seek performance-enhancing substances such as anabolic steroids and other drugs. However, no longer is this just a problem of the elite athlete; today, the perception that anabolic steroids correlate with athletic success can be found among collegiate and scholastic athletes as well.

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