Turn on the TV or pick up a local newspaper and there’s a good chance you’ll find a story surrounding athletes and steroids. Athletes and steroids, it is and has been a hot topic for years and shows no signs of slowing down and as far as legitimate journalism are concerned, sorry, when it comes to athletes and steroids you’ll hardly find a trace. In the end the cry is loud and clear “Think of the Children” it is the oldest cry known to mankind and truth be told, it’s not a bad one. Every sane adult knows there are some things in life that are simply not for children but they’re OK for adults. If we’re not careful we’ll get off on a tangent regarding another topic but you get the point.
The argument is simple and breaks down as follows; athletes and steroids do not mix because it sends the wrong message to impressionable children. Of course this isn’t the only argument against anabolic steroid use in sports but it is a big one; we might say it’s the strongest one due to the fact all other arguments haven’t a leg to stand on. “Save the Children” they cry but is the world of athletes and steroids really having this negative affect many claim?
Let’s go way back in time, all the way back to the dark ages, all the way back to 2005. In a 2005 national survey it was estimated 41% of current 8th graders, 63% of current 10th graders, 75% of 12th graders and 87% of college students were drinking alcohol; we’re talking about illegal underage drinking. Now let’s compare this to adolescent anabolic steroid use; we know professional athletes and steroids go hand-in-hand, we know athletes have been using anabolic steroids regularly for nearly a century but in levels most would be shocked to learn. We also know, and no one would argue against it, adolescents have no business taking anabolic steroids for any reason related to performance enhancement; again, let’s review to be clear before we hit the high hat.
Those are the fact and we do know children are impressionable but how has this played into the anabolic steroid game? Are you ready for some numbers, some big high percentages? Sorry, they don’t exist; estimates show at best, meaning these are the highest estimates found that between the grades of 6th and 12th grade 6% have tried anabolic steroids and most estimates have the number at 4%. Granted, 4% or 6% no one would argue these children should be using anabolic steroids but is it really a problem? Honestly, is it? Look at the alcohol statistics above and with a sober voice claim steroids are a larger problem, with assurance in your voice claim athletes and steroids pose a larger threat to your children than alcohol; you can’t do it because it’s not true.
The truth of the matter is very cut-and-dry; you’ve been sold a bag of lies for many years and you’ve swallowed every one of them with a smile on your face; don’t you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Athletes and steroids, this isn’t the problem; the problem is much simpler than that and it includes heavily the following:
I know, this is crazy right, athletes and steroids really is a problem and a new one two, right? Wrong; anabolic steroid use stretches back all the way to the Golden Years of modern sports; things we know:
There’s something somewhat humorous about this list of “what we know” above and I’m not sure if you caught it. The two most prevalent cases where athletes and steroids exist in the highest numbers are in baseball and football; is it any coincidence they are the two most popular sports on earth? Food for thought.
Even after all of this most will be angered and I understand; when you’ve been sold a bag of potatoes you only want that particular bag of potatoes but I digress. The cold truth, the only truth; anabolic steroids and children, they do not mix; athletes and steroids have very little effect on encouraging children to use anabolic steroids, look at the statistics. The bottom line, steroids are part of professional sports, for crying out loud just let it be.