Take steroids out of college football (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma should be a highly entertaining college bowl matchup, featuring A&M’s Johnny Manziel, the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy that symbolizes college football’s top player. And that bowl game, one of a plethora, is just the warm-up act to the national championship game…



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ShannonLeee
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ShannonLeee
3 years 8 months ago

Ha, talk about clueless. Steroids in sports is a highschool problem. The only hope for highschool kids is the knowledge that they could be tested before signing their scholarships and throughout their college career. We might then see kids thinking twice about steroid use.

Dr. J
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Dr. J
3 years 8 months ago

The use of anabolic steroids in college sports is banned because the drugs are linked to numerous ill effects, including serious physical and mental problems.

And football isn’t? It has the highest injury rate of any college sport, and it appears to cause long-term brain damage. Is there evidence that steroids are anywhere near as dangerous, particularly if used as part of a supervised training regimen?

Dorian de Wind, Military Affairs Columnist
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Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma should be a highly entertaining college bowl matchup, featuring A&M’s Johnny Manziel, the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy that symbolizes college football’s top player.

And it will be a great, entertaining bowl game proudly “featuring A&M’s Johnny Manziel, the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy that symbolizes college football’s top player.”

And a little disappointed that the author chose to use Johnny Football and Texas A&M in his introductory paragraph with all the attending implications.

Gig’em Aggies!

dduck
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dduck
3 years 8 months ago

As far as hurting young people, this subject is comparable in some ways to the gun debate. Through competitive, peer, and yes economic pressure, kids are getting hurt, some permanently in numbers that may be very large. Even without drugs some sports are dangerous, but add drugs in and it could be an epidemic.

If I have misstated anything, I apologize as this is just my first impression of the issue.

ShannonLeee
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ShannonLeee
3 years 8 months ago
As someone that has played different sports at different levels, I have the aches, pains, and chronic problems that come from contact/collision sports. I’ll take the pain, considering the life experiences and general health advantages that I have in return. Football is an extreme collision sport and it does need to become safer. The recent rules to the game will hopefully improve player health and they have not made the game less interesting. More should, and will, be done. As DD mentions, we could cop out like the NRA and say that football is just a game where people choose… Read more »
dduck
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dduck
3 years 8 months ago

SL, I hope you were in an age that didn’t have as much pressure to use drugs as it seems to be now.

ShannonLeee
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ShannonLeee
3 years 8 months ago

DD, I was a young teenager when athletes started dropping dead from steroid use, so dangers were obvious. That being said, one of the best athletes in my school was taking steroids and used to receive envelopes full of money from recruiters. Oddly enough, that guy did not make it to pros, but another guy who was clean did…full career in the NFL.

The advantage in high school is massive, but it aint worth it. And roid rage ain’t pretty.

dduck
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dduck
3 years 8 months ago

Thanks, SL.

Dr. J
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Dr. J
3 years 8 months ago
I see three questions here. The first is how dangerous steroids are, and the OP and Shannon’s comments imply they’re very dangerous. I don’t think the evidence backs that up, particularly when they’re used responsibly. As the OP suggests, their use is already widespread, yet gyms around the world don’t seem to be strewn with bodies. This paper suggests that the dangers are material but exaggerated. The second question is about policy: however dangerous we decide steroids are, how much harm could be prevented by a different policy? Dduck fears an epidemic if people start using steroids, yet the OP… Read more »
ShannonLeee
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ShannonLeee
3 years 8 months ago
Dr J, good questions. All I can speak from is what I have been taught and what I have seen in the gym or athletic field. As for responsible steroid use? Never thought about it. Carl Lewis used steroids during his career and has yet to drop dead from it. There is an argument for adult, noncompetitive use under professional supervision. I simply would not risk it. I’ve been in a lot of gyms where guys used to the stuff to just get big. They tended to injure themselves a lot, but again, they did not have professional trainers watching… Read more »
Dr. J
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Dr. J
3 years 8 months ago

Shannon, I’m skeptical about those claims of permanent personality damage. They may be true, I just haven’t seen the evidence that demonstrates it statistically.

And I heard the same thing about marijuana. I worry that the steroid discussion–and even decisions about funding research into steroid effects–tends to be dominated by a sort of reefer madness.

dduck
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dduck
3 years 8 months ago

What SL said.
Incidentally, has anyone else noticed that this thread is somewhat similar to the gun threads?
Freedom to use a dangerous thing for your enjoyment or to give yourself a physical edge or advantage. Just askin.

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