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Monday 10, Nov 2008

  Steroid testing in high school a flop; steroid documentary can be a blockbuster

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Congress, steroids, baseballSteroid testing program implemented in some high schools in the country have been under constant debate. Supporters say the program is a deterrent; the naysayers say it’s just a waste of taxpayers’ money.

And it seems Florida, one of the only four states which adopted the mandatory testing, is leaning towards the naysayers’ side as it decided not to fund its steroid testing program this school year. The reason? Poor ROI.

Last school year, Florida has nabbed one violator among 600 high school athletes and the state has to shell out $100,000 for that lone ranger. The states of New Jersey and Texas yielded basically the same result, with one and two violators caught in each state respectively. Texas had spent a whopping $3 million to test 10,000 subjects and came up with only two positive tests. And with the financial crisis as a backdrop, it is possible that these two states may take the swing Florida has taken. Illinois, however, is planning to take up arms against steroid users as it opts to test for its athletes this year.

Less costly alternatives for such testing are being bandied about, including steroid documentary or heart-to-heart talk with teachers and coaches. From Washington Post:

So the best way, financially and otherwise, to ward off steroid use among teen athletes is probably through parents and coaches — and the old-fashioned approach that Arlington County physical education teacher Rocky Belk and Arlington physician Ben Pearl took last week.

They met with about 60 high school students from Sheila Napala’s physical therapy and sports medicine classes at the Arlington Career Center to discuss steroids and the 2008 documentary the students had watched, “Bigger Stronger Faster*.”

“We heard a lot about Barry Bonds and baseball players through [the congressional hearings], but we found that [steroid use] really has to do with wanting to be somebody special,” Pearl said of his research. “A lot of us are trying to get somewhere because we’re not happy with ourselves. We’re not comfortable in our own skin, being what we are.”

When Pearl asked how many students had used steroids or would admit to using them, no hands went up. But if the three athletes whom Varsity spoke to after the presentation are any indication, steroids are a prevalent topic.

The Washington Post report acknowledges the costly testing programs can be deterrent but it points out the loopholes of said programs. It says they only test for certain steroids and for only a number of athletes (proportionally speaking).

Young athletes can also find ways to avoid detection and, lastly, the fact that steroids work can be a strong lure for young athletes despite of the consequences of being tested positive for these prohibited substances.

After all, many young people drink and smoke, so when they buy steroids,that’s the last worry that should be on the governments’ mind.  They should be concerned with kids having brain damange /liver damage from alcoholism and lung damage from smoking.

Wednesday 21, May 2008

  Bigger, Stronger, Faster and Steroids

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Recently we came up on a quote from the author of Bigger, Stronger, Faster.  It seems the author has some misconceptions about steroids and dietary supplements.  First of all, let’s clear up some myths, dietary supplements do NOT contain steroids, and EVEN if they did contain steroids they would be oral steroids such as dianabol and anavar which would NOT stay in the system long enough to show up on a blood test.  Second of all, Sean Sherk tested positive for nandrolone (deca durabolin) which is NOT an oral steroid and CANNOT be taken orally.  Listen, if Sean Sherk went out to buy steroids then use steroids such as Deca Durabolin, FINE! but be a man about it and admit it, don’t pussyfoot around and bullshit everyone that you took some supplements and that’s why you tested positive for steroids.

The reason any athlete can blame anything on dietary supplements is that they’re unregulated also. A dietary supplement basically says if it’s something in the food supply that’s not an illegal drug, like marijuana or cocaine, then you could use it in a dietary supplement. There’s really not much more of a regulation on that so when an athlete like Sean Sherk is taking that, who’s to say that it’s not the supplement because we don’t really know,” stated Christopher Bell, director of the highly acclaimed steroid documentary “Bigger, Stronger, Faster*”