The rage about roids
August 28, 2006
In light of the Floyd Landis scandal I thought this would be a good time to address the issue of performance enhancing drugs. It seems like the thing to do these days is to use a product that will ensure you will hit the ball farther, run faster, ride harder and tackle a person so they have to be carried off the field. What happened to training hard, eating well and getting proper rest?Say you are using anabolic steroids to get that edge on your competition for a position on the high school football team and, hey, it worked, youre a starter. You are having a great season knocking guys into the middle of next week with every tackle. Youre beating the offensive line and getting in some timely sacks, leading your team to victory. Everything is great, the coach loves you, everyone at school knows your name, and of course mom and dad are thinking about what college you will end up attending. My question to you is: How do you look at yourself in the mirror every morning knowing that you have been cheating? The second question is do you know what you are doing to your body?
Anabolic steroids act as the bodys natural male hormone testosterone in building muscle tissue. Basically it helps you get bigger and stronger in a short period of time. Sounds great, doesnt it? What about the side effects? How about liver tumors, heart disease, stroke, cancer, high blood pressure, increase in ldl cholesterol (the bad one) and decrease in hdl cholesterol (the good one), kidney tumors, and shrinking of the testicles and reduced sperm count in men (sign me up for that). In adolescents they may also stop your growth, so you will remain short for the rest of your life.In addition to the physical side effects they may also affect you emotionally by causing you to experience a raging temper commonly referred to as roid rage mood swings, hallucinations, paranoia, anxiety and panic attacks, depression and general daily irritability. A person using non-sterile injections (using the same needle for multiple injections) runs the risk of contracting Hepatitis B and C, bacterial endocarditis, and HIV/AIDS.
If you are a young athlete and have questions about what you can do to reach the next level contact me at the information at the end of the column, I would love to help you. Talk to your parents about anything before you try it, and parents talk to your children with an open mind and try, as hard as it may be, to stay off of the proverbial soap box so that your children really listen. Remember what it was like being that age and how hard it was to talk to your parents about anything.Nothing will replace the feeling you will have when you succeed in any aspect of life through hard work and dedication. There is no mystery to it; train hard, eat right, and get plenty of sleep (and dont forget to do your homework sorry!). And last but not least, stay hydrated!Henry Kliebenstein is an International Sports Sciences Association certified personal trainer, fitness therapist, and specialist in performance nutrition, training in his private studio in Truckee, and can be reached by calling 587-3886 or by e-mail at email@example.com.