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Performance-Enhancing Drug Resources

What is a Performance-Enhancing Drug?
Performance-enhancing drugs are any substance taken to perform better athletically. This term is referenced often and typically refers to anabolic steroid use in sports by professional and amateur athletes. Other substances may also be taken to improve performance, including human growth hormone (hGH).

Performance-Enhancing Drugs, Anabolic Steroids, Human Growth HormonesThe use of enhancement “substances” for sporting events dates back to the ancient Greeks and ancient Maya.  Performance potions were utilized by the Greeks to increase their abilities, and cocoa leaves where thought to be used by the ancient Maya to increase their abilities.  Today, athletes will go to many lengths to increase athletic ability, including: steroids, HGH, Amphetamines, and even animal or human organs just as the Greeks did in their time.

Most young athletes will tell you that the competitive drive to win can be very intense. Besides the satisfaction of personal gain, young athletes often pursue dreams of making it to the Olympics, a college scholarship or a place on a professional team. This competitive environment, created by our culture, has led to a more common use of steroids and other performance-enhancing agents in sports.

For a growing number of athletes, winning at all costs includes taking anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. Some may appear to achieve physical gains from such drugs, but at what cost? The truth is that long-term effects of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs haven't been rigorously studied. And short-term benefits are flawed with many potential side-effects and such consequences as loss of medals, scholarships, eligibility and even death.

Drug Free Sport's Resource Exchange CenterLearn More in the REC

Drug Free Sport's Resource Exchange Center (REC) is a subscription-based service that exists to provide up-to-date, confidential information, interactive tools and educational materials to empower athletes to make healthy and responsible decisions.

REC membership grants you access to a comprehensive database of information on the use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in sports, and how they relate to you. The REC also provides information on the following:

  • Ergogenic Aids:  EPO, Diuretics, Central Nervous System stimulants
  • Amphetamines
  • Recreational and Street Drugs
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Over-the-Counter Drugs

If you are an athlete, parent, coach, athletic trainer or sports program administrator looking for more information on anabolic steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs, click here to learn about REC membership.



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