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S.O.S. Sports on Steroids

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Young athletes intent on boosting performance are increasingly turning to steroids.

The Rochester region’s top sports physicians and athletic trainers are holding a free seminar to address the increasingly disturbing topic of steroid use among young athletes.  University Sports Medicine will host the seminar from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at its offices, 4901 Lac DeVille Blvd., Building D in the Clinton Crossings complex. 

Recent studies in the journal Pediatrics and the "2004 Monitoring the Future Survey" sponsored by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, show that both boys and girls are taking performance-enhancing substances as benign as protein shakes to as troublesome as anabolic steroids. Rates of usage, including steroids, range from 1.6 percent of girls to 4.7 percent of boys.

“There’s no question that today’s young athletes feel enormous pressure to be faster, stronger, better – all the time.  And it’s part of the reason why young teens are turning to steroids,” Michael Maloney, M.D., director of University Sports Medicine, said.  “We want to help our athletes understand the very real dangers of steroids, and provide them with the knowledge on how to safely boost their performance.”

A portion of the evening will be devoted to steroids’ use in sports and their risks. The focus of the meeting, however, will be a presentation on how to reach optimum performance. It will include an overview on the principles and practices for effective training, including proper conditioning techniques and appropriate workout schedules.

The seminar is suggested for athletes over the age of 12.  Advanced registration is requested by calling (585) 341-9150.

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