so testing little kids for steroids

not suprised really

what’s next? I dont know but steroid use in high schools is common!


 High school athletes tested for steroids

Scholastic athletes in New Jersey were tested for steroids last fall under a program that is the nation’s first of its kind, but the organization that governs the state’s high school sports said the results will not be announced until after the spring sports season.

About 150 male and female athletes who competed in New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association tournaments in the fall submitted urine samples that have been tested for 80 banned substances, said Bob Baly, assistant director of the association.

But the NJSIAA will not announce any results until after the spring season — the last of the three sports periods on the NJSIAA calendar — so that the organization will have data from an entire scholastic year to work with and to reduce speculation about the identities of any individual athletes who may have tested positive or the sports in which they competed.

“There were … concerns that if we released data after each season that it would cause people to speculate about the identities of athletes that tested positive,” Baly said. “Our goal is for the testing to be a deterrent. We’re not interested in playing “gotcha’ with the kids.”

He said waiting until the association received a year’s worth of data would also provide a more accurate gauge of the testing program.

The names of the athletes who test positive for steroids will not be released at any point. Baly said the NJSIAA has not decided whether it will release the names of the schools or even the sports of those athletes who had used banned substances.

Under NJSIAA rules adopted last June, any student who tests positive for a banned substance will be stripped of an individual championship and will be ineligible to compete in any scholastic sport for a year. If the athlete competes in a team sport, such as football or basketball, the team will not be penalized.

The Kansas City-based Center for Drug Free Sport administers the program. The center also administers steroid testing for the NCAA and for minor-league baseball.

Only athletes competing in NJSIAA tournaments were tested. Baly said an NJSIAA official randomly selected the tournament rounds and locations where testing would be performed. The testing dates were determined before it was known which schools and athletes would be competing in the round and location selected, he said.

A computer randomly selected the athletes to be tested, he said.

“A list of varsity players is provided by each team, and then a number is assigned to each player,” he said. “The numbers are then randomly selected.”

Urine samples were taken from the selected players immediately after competitions, Baly said. The samples were packaged in front of the athlete and a selected witness, and they were marked with the athlete’s identification number. The samples were then sent to the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory in Los Angeles for testing. The UCLA lab is the only lab in the nation accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency to perform steroid testing.

Baly said testing on each sample took about two weeks. Protocol called for any positive results to be forwarded to the association’s medical review officer to determine if a legitimate medical reason was responsible and then to the NJSIAA for disciplinary action.
According to the NJSIAA, the banned substances included various stimulants, anabolic agents, diuretics and hormones.

Each test costs the NJSIAA about $150. The association hopes to test 500 athletes by the end of the year, Baly said. The state gave the NJSIAA a $50,000 grant to help pay for the program.

Although Baly declined to say if any samples tested positive, he said there were no reported problems during testing.

“It went very smoothly,” he said. “We received excellent cooperation from the schools and athletes.”

The NJSIAA developed its testing program in response to a December 2005 executive order from then-Gov. Richard J. Codey.

Codey, now president of the state Senate, said Thursday that the NJSIAA should reconsider its decision to wait until after the spring season to release testing data. He said he planned to discuss the matter with association members.

“If no one tested positive, say so,” Codey said. “If someone (tested positive), then they’re not going to be able to play, so people will likely find out anyway. To me, it makes no sense to wait.”

Joe Frappolli, athletic director and football coach at Florence High School, said he supported the association’s decision to wait until spring to release the test results.

“If they want to wait until spring, then, well, I trust their wisdom and experience,” he said. “It’s a brand-new program, and I’m sure they’ve received direction on this.”

Florence football and soccer teams competed in state tournaments last fall. Frappolli said no students on Florence teams were selected for testing.

Neil Rosa, athletic director at Moorestown High School, said athletes from the school’s field hockey team were tested following its Group 3 state championship game in Toms River. He said he thought the testing process was smooth and fair, but said he thought additional actions could be taken to protect the privacy of the selected athletes.

“I think it could be tweaked so that the kids selected for testing are escorted off in a more private matter,” he said.

Rosa said he wasn’t concerned about the NJSIAA waiting to release data about the fall testing until spring.

“I understand why some would say release it now, but in the bigger picture I think there are bigger concerns, and the fear of being caught shouldn’t be the reason kids decide not to use (performance enhancing) drugs.”

Steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs pose many serious health risks. Their use has been linked to liver cancer, heart attacks, high cholesterol and infertility.

A 2003 Federal Centers for Disease Control study estimated that 6.1 percent of the nation’s high school students had taken steroids without a doctor’s prescription at least once. In New Jersey, a survey that year found that 3.1 percent of the state’s student athletes had used steroids.