[quote=“Dino”]Major League Baseball’s most recent drug suspensions, Little League’s new PED awareness program…
I don’t know what the steroid use is among high school players vying for college scholarships, college players competing for starting positions, draft eligible prospects looking to be taken higher in the draft or MLB veterans but I can believe it’s a far larger percentage than we imagine.
If you have intentionally taken some chemical or drug just prior to a baseball competition or performance, like ibuprofen for instance or a caffeine drink boost? Why couldn’t you justify using a steroid, amphetamine, or some other illegal substance? Is it what you take or is it why you take it that matters?[/quote]
Interesting post. I have no experience with anything other than iboprofin or whey. Natural, legal, and healthy stuff. But I have heard of guys taking stuff in high school to get bigger and stronger. Although, I don’t know anyone personally that has taken that stuff when I was in high school.
Side note: my buddy who went to high once told me that he could get HGH if he wanted from his uncle(who I believed worked in a gym, not positive though). Which kind of shows that if I really pushed to get some, I probably could have. So to the average high schooler, it could be pretty available.
I think you are right in saying that it is much bigger issue than what is thought. I believe that the issue is mostly with guys who are potential draftees or higher level athletes in general. But that’s not to say, that guys at a lower level wouldn’t try to get some advantage. But the stakes are higher, the higher you go.
The reason people are not allowed to take those substances are because of the long term side effects of taking those drugs. And they aren’t legal to get without a prescription.
You could try to justify taking it. If you’re recovering from an injury for example, but the bottom is that it is illegal to have or take them without a prescription and the ability for them to have and use those substances gives them an unfair advantage.
It would be like the pitcher starting an extra foot off the mound. It doesn’t directly lead to success, but the fact that you can do it and others can’t sure does give you a better chance of success.
A-Rod apparently was juicing all the back in high school and it worked pretty darn well for him.
[quote]Jose Canseco, a former teammate of Rodriguez, said in Roberts’ book that he believes Rodriguez has been using steroids since high school.
“Was he on steroids in high school?” Canseco said in the book, the Daily News reported. “I think probably so. I worked out with him when he was 18. He could lift almost as much as I could.”
Rodriguez put on 25 pounds of muscle between his sophomore and junior years. Former high school teammates told Roberts that A-Rod was using steroids back then and his coach knew it – an allegation the coach, Rich Hoffman, denied.
On Patrick’s radio interview, Roberts said that based on the sudden improvement in his bench press (from 100 to 310) in just six months in high school, and "in conjunction with the reporting that I did with [his high school] teammates would make it irrefutable to me, not a ‘may have,’ " that Rodriguez took performance-enhancing drugs in high school.[/quote]