By Alfa · Mar 14, 2004 · ·
  1. Alfa

    On your mark, get set, grow! A January study performed at the Georgia
    Institute of Technology and UC Irvine linked the effects of smoking
    marijuana with those of running or biking about an hour. Scientists,
    eggheads and sprinters alike are calling this the "runner's high."

    Had this report come out about 40 years earlier - say, in the '60s -
    an entire generation may have been shaped (literally) much
    differently. What do you think Jerry Garcia would have looked like in
    a tie-dyed jogging suit? Jimi Hendrix could have played the National
    Anthem for the opening of the first annual Woodstock Marathon.

    For years, the idea of the runner's high has been linked to the
    release of the magical chemical endorphin: the same chemical that has
    even been linked to the high felt after ingesting eye-watering,
    palm-sweating spicy foods.

    But before you go dashing off to condemn those running in the next
    "gran maraton Pacifico of Mazatlan, Mexico," as high-seeking hippies,
    you must consider this: The most dangerous drug to affect the
    modern-day athlete is not grass, habaneros or the pre-dawn run. It is

    THG (Tetrahydrogestrinone) has replaced THC. The bong no longer
    belongs; steroids are the new sheriffs in ganja town, and all the
    reefer-endums in the world don't seem to be slowing its growth.

    For a majority of these athletes, drug use has gone from being
    recreational to being, well, recreational.

    Nowhere is this more evident than in the NFL, where getting caught
    with a green, leafy substance will get you a one-game suspension.
    That's after failing not one, but two prearranged drug tests. Getting
    pinched while getting juiced? Well, that will send the gridiron guru
    on a four-game hiatus the first time he tests positive for steroids.

    What's Major League Baseball's answer to a player failing a drug test?
    Treatment, not suspension. To date, only one player has tested
    positive, ever! Derrick Turnbow may very well have made himself a
    trivia question a month ago when he became the first MLB player ever
    to fail a banned steroid test.

    Under baseball's new rule change, a player has to fail a drug test
    five times before he is suspended for a year! Granted, the landscape
    of steroids is changing as we speak. It changes almost every day.
    Whether it is THG, androstenedione, creatine or ephedra, substances
    fall out of style and legality as fast as they come, keeping the
    vicious cycle spinning.

    Slipping under the radar are college sports and the kids who are most
    susceptible to trying steroids. Campus may be the very place where the
    gate swings open and invites the soon-to-be-not-so-fresh-faced
    youngster into the dangerous world of steroids.

    Steroids' biggest market may not be in between the hash marks or foul
    poles. It's on the track. It's on the field.

    "History will show you that your biggest culprits have been your
    sprinter-type individuals," said UA track and field head coach Fred

    The need for speed may be most prominent in the world of track and
    field. Just ask Britain's 100-meter champion, Dwain Chambers. He' ll
    be sitting out this year's Summer Olympics in Athens after testing
    positive for THG.

    But if you're looking for a juiced-up Wildcat running laps out at
    Drachman Stadium, you might be waiting awhile.

    "I've never in my entire time of coaching had an athlete use steroids
    or any kind of performance enhancing substance," Harvey proudly
    states. "I make it very clear right from the very start that is just
    not something I am going to tolerate, and there is no exception, no
    excuse, why it's going to happen."

    If anyone would know, it would be Harvey. After all, he's been
    coaching for over 17 years after a successful career as a sprinter. At
    Arizona, he's had some of the best athletes in the world train under
    his tutelage, including Brianna Glenn and five-time NFL Pro Bowler
    Michael Bates.

    Harvey sees today's quick-fix society as the reason athletes reach out
    to steroids.

    "You can get the same level of strength, speed, power if you're
    willing to put the time and effort into it," he said.

    Although he is in just his second year as head coach of Arizona track
    and field, Harvey has never had a player fail one of the NCAA' s
    random tests given throughout the on- and off-seasons.

    Before prospective athletes can lay their Nikes on the campus of
    Arizona, they are forewarned by Harvey.

    "If you're doing that, it's not by accident. You chose to do that,"
    Harvey warns of steroid abuse. "Consequently, you're going against
    everything I believe in and I think the program stands for. I have
    zero tolerance for an athlete who's going to do that."

    People are going to abuse steroids, however. For as long as there are
    sports, someone will be looking for the edge to make them better than
    the rest. Tragically, some forms of steroid use will never go out of
    fashion. Other drugs will filter in and out with trends. Steroids are
    here to stay.

    Have you ever heard of cannaboid-rage? No one has. That doesn't mean
    it's right, either.

    So next time you're out jogging, be safe and remember: Always pass to
    the right.

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  1. joevette
    About 95% of professional athletes use steroids, the only exceptions are long distance bikers and runners who blood dope (EPO) instead. Athletic organization's drug tests are set up so the athlete will not get caught.

    There isn't even an effective test for Human Growth Hormone, or other growth factors such as IGF-1 LR3. So use of these is rampant in pro sports. An athlete can take ten times the max testosterone produced by a person and be able to pass a drug test within a week of stopping. It's an Esterless testosterone with a 5 hour halflife.

    Basically when an ahtlete's career and the amount of money he makes is dependent solely on how he performs, only a fool would not use performance enhancing drugs.
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