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Thursday 19, Nov 2009

  High school drug testing tests for recreational drugs and steroids

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High school drug testing tests for recreational drugs and steroidsSince the advent of steroids in baseball and the rampant steroids use even among high school and student athletes, steroid testing is now mandatory in nearly every level of competition.

University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) athletes are also subject to testing by the university and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

According to Roy Rudewick, UTA’s athletic trainer, their policy involves up to three offenses only. Steroids may be a problem in baseball but recreational drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and the likes are more rampant.

A 2008 study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse showed that about 1.5 percent of high school seniors have used steroids but more than 30 percent of the respondents have used marijuana.

Out of the 16,000 respondents, 192 admitted to steroids use and 4,800 admitted to marijuana use.

Rudewick said athletes are selected once a month for random steroid testing. That means an individual will get to be tested six times in one school year. Although their drug testing focuses more on recreational drugs, performance-enhancing drugs are also included.

NCAA on the other hand, tests for more drugs and substances that are not included in UTA’s drug testing.

Thursday 23, Apr 2009


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TONY MANDARICH IN RETROSPECTKory Kozak, producer of ESPN writes about Tony Mandarich’s history with steroids. Most of his career in the NFL was driven by steroids. He was the biggest player college football back in 1984. He was unnaturally big at 308 pounds. Everyone of the field was afraid of him and every aspiring football player idolized him. When he was out on the field, he was dangerous. He would maim, flatten, and handled two players at a time. A regular football player could not do that even if he had an all-natural 260pounds of muscle.

Mandarich was high on steroids at that time. He downed the juiced every chance he got. He was the icon of steroids. He was into every kind of compound in the market, especially those that were meant for race horses: equipoise, Winstrol, Anavar.

By 1989, he had gained enough power to call the shots. He got the highest rating than any other NFL player. When he decided to get off steroids, he replaced them with painkillers. The steroids had numbed him from the pain during training and every game. Without them he became almost too sensitive to the muscle soreness. He would inject himself with all kinds of painkillers and eventually take oral pills. This went on until he got drowned in drugs and he became a recluse.

However, in 1995 Tony Mandarich changed for the better. He checked himself in a rehab and vowed never to return to being a junkie. From that point on he was going to do everything clean.

A year after he joined the Indianapolis Colts and he played – 320lbs of pure, all natural muscle. He tells the story of his steroid addiction in the book “My Dirty Little Secrets.” He had disposed any reminder of his past as a junkie except the cover of Sports Illustrated that did a story on him entitled “The Incredible Bulk.”

Monday 20, Apr 2009


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COLLEGE REMAINS CLEAN OF BANNED SUBSTANCES  Pierce College maintains its stand against androgenic-anabolic steroids (AAS) despite its rampant use in professional sports. They don’t have athletes sporting physiques that reek of steroids. Collegiate sports may be tough and competitive but for those at Pierce cutting corners is not the way to go.

According to the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine AAS are testosterone derived compounds that can have significant effects on the body. It increases muscle mass and improves strength gains. This is due to the properties of testosterone which are responsible for the primary sexual characteristics in males. While AAS can greatly enhance performance and promote faster healing of wounds and muscle injuries, it can have potentially adverse effects to the body.

Ever since the steroid controversy erupted in the MLB, there are concerns that the use of these banned substances are influencing young athletes to try them as well.

To manage the use of steroids in collegiate sports the National Collegiate Athletic Association has imposed a banned substance policy, the same policy which is being used by other universities like UCLA and Guilford College.

But in Pierce College there doesn’t seem to be a need to test the athletes for steroids because the sports officials don’t see it as a problem in the athletic community of this institution.