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Friday 27, Mar 2015

  UK Anti-Doping Chief Expresses Concerns About Steroid Abuse Among Young Rugby Players

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UK Anti-Doping Chief Expresses Concerns About Steroid Abuse Among Young Rugby Players

Nicole Sapstead has vowed to focus on an “increasing and worrying” explosion in use of anabolic steroids in sports by teenagers amid fears that the problem can exacerbate during the Rugby World Cup in England.

The new chief executive of UK Anti-Doping remarked that emphasizing on the growing use of steroids by aspiring athletes in rugby and other sports would be at the heart of her tenure. The UKAD Chief praised the approach taken by the Rugby Football Union and World Rugby at the elite level but said there was “something fundamentally wrong” with aspiring players as young as 14 turning to anabolic steroids to compete.

The UK Anti-Doping has suspended 13 rugby union or league players out of the last 15 doping violations. There have been at least 50 doping bans, of which 28 are being served by British rugby players from either discipline. One of these cases involved Sam Chalmers, the son of the former Scotland and Lions fly-half Craig, who delivered failed drug tests for two anabolic steroids at a Scotland Under-20 training session in May 2013.

The UKAD Chief said the use of anabolic steroids has exploded – look at our findings over the last year, it has increased dramatically and added anabolic steroids are now so easily accessible via the internet. Nicole Sapstead said she is concerned about effect of the increased emphasis on size and strength in the professional era on aspiring players who are watching but admitted that positive tests at the World Cup would be a big surprise. She also remarked it is that level where they’re pushing and pushing and pushing to make the cut where the biggest problem lies and also said that is the same for a number of sports.

Sapstead, who took over as UKAD chief executive, said we are seeing at lower levels of the sport, with young boys in rugby, in rugby league, an increasing and worrying prevalence of steroid abuse particularly when it comes to steroid abuse. She also commented that it is no longer about it being just a sports issue or an anti-doping issue, actually there’s a public health issue here and education and health have to get involved, too. Sapstead also said this is clearly dangerous stuff from a health perspective and added we sometimes intercept packages and we can see that what somebody has thought they are buying is not what they are buying. She went on to remark that some of these underground labs are disgusting in terms of the conditions in which this stuff is made and added you just really are dicing with your health.

In November, the Rugby Football Union said it would fund a major study by Leeds Beckett University with an aim to uncover the scale of doping and supplement use among teenage players.

Debbie Jevans, the chief executive of England 2015 Rugby World Cup, remarked right education was critical to dealing with doping issues. Jevans said the best way and the most healthy way is to train and train hard to be the best you can be and not try and short-circuit it because you may have health problems later on and also added what you do need to do is educate the athletes there because those athletes then become ambassadors and spokespeople.

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Friday 08, Jan 2010

  Steroids and Sports sharing an unchallenged relationship

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Steroids and Sports sharing an unchallenged relationshipAnabolic steroids and sports are sharing an unchallenged and successful relationship despite tall claims and measures by doping and government authorities. The fact that steroids allow sportsmen to realize their true potential and aim for greater heights is something that brings sportsmen to take on steroids.

 While some individuals may want to spread bad words about anabolic steroids, the underlying truth is that steroids do not cause any harm unless abused or of a low-grade quality. They are best taken under medical guidance and as per recommendations so that top-notch performance is easily attainable.

Wednesday 02, Dec 2009

  Relationship between steroids and sport under no threat

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Relationship between steroids and sport under no threatDespite tall claims from WADA and government officials, one can easily say that the relationship between steroids and sport is under no threat and is growing more than ever. The fact that steroids are being sold over the Internet easily and without a medical prescription is something that says it all.

However, what most of us are ignorant about is the fact that steroids are not bad for any of us and actually help in treating severe health complications and adding “flavor” to professional sporting events.

Recent studies have been very clear in suggesting that the use of anabolic steroids in the world of medicines is not without a valid reason. Thousands of people have benefited from steroids and people who say steroids are bad or harmful to health must first read those study papers.



Sunday 27, Sep 2009

  Relationship between sports and steroids goes stronger than ever

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Relationship between sports and steroids goes stronger than everThe relationship between steroids and sports is getting stronger and stronger with each passing day despite the fact that sports and anabolic steroids are condemned by former sportsmen, sporting bodies, and even some of the steroid-using sportsmen of the past.

Even though steroids are considered to be totally harmful by some, the truth is that they are not harmful and does not bring any side effects with them.

If one has a close look at the abovementioned facts, it can be easily derived that anabolic steroids are nothing but exceptional products that have no side effects until lack of knowledge or over-dependence leads to steroid abuse.

Thursday 06, Aug 2009

  Use of Anabolic Steroids in Sports

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Use of Anabolic Steroids in SportsMost of us do not seem to have a clear understanding when it comes to use of anabolic steroids in sports or bodybuilding.

Let us find what anabolic steroids are and how they benefit professional athletes and bodybuilders to excel at competitive events.

From Entertainment.howstuffworks.com:

Anabolic Steroids
A steroid is a chemical substance derived from cholesterol. The body has several major steroid hormones – cortisol and testosterone in the male, estrogen and progesterone in the female. Catabolic steroids break down tissue, and anabolic steroids build up tissue. Anabolic steroids build muscle and bone mass primarily by stimulating the muscle and bone cells to make new protein.

Athletes use anabolic steroids because they increase muscle strength by encouraging new muscle growth. Anabolic steroids are similar in structure to the male sex hormone, testosterone, so they enhance male reproductive and secondary sex characteristics (testicle development, hair growth, thickening of the vocal cords). They allow the athlete to train harder and longer at any given period.

Anabolic steroids are mostly testosterone (male sex hormone) and its derivatives. Examples of anabolic steroids include:

* Testosterone
* Dihydrotestosterone
* Androstenedione (Andro)
* Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
* Clostebol
* Nandrolone

From the above information, it can be easily concluded that anabolic steroids are excellent options for any one who is expecting to deliver a top-class performance with dedicated efforts.

However, one thing that needs to be noted is that steroids must always be respected and never abused. This is because steroid abuse can lead to mild to serious health consequences.