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STEROIDS: Current mentality facing our kids

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Not too long ago I was perusing a sports blog/website and found several articles discussing the use of performance enhancing drugs (PED’s) and steroids in major league baseball. Much of the interest, and thus articles, was brought on by the publication of the Mitchell Report earlier this year. In particular was this article Alex Rodriguez Fallout: Is There Any Stopping Steroids? (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/14923). What I found most interesting in this commentary was the comparison of steroid use to any other medical advancement in sports, insinuating that they were equivalent. This was in addition to other various analogies posed in the article that essentially supported the idea and use of performance enhancing substances.

Now with most blog articles, there is a comment section at the bottom and the first comment published was one in support of the thought process presented in the piece. It was at this point that I decided to throw my hat in the ring and post a little different viewpoint. The banter that occurred between myself, the author, and other commenter’s may be of genuine interest here at MomsTeam because of its nature and positions taken by all parties.

I would encourage you to take a good look at this article and as you read through it, especially the comments, keep in mind that these are the same types of attitudes, justifications, and thought processes that our young sports participants are facing as they become more engaged in competitive sports themselves. The importance of shedding light on this current mindset in today’s sports environment is something that should not be overlooked.

If you missed the link above, here is the article title and link again: Alex Rodriguez Fallout: Is There Any Stopping Steroids? (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/14923). I am looking forward to sharing thoughts on this issue and welcome any comments.

Note: I want to make you aware of the fact that there are some ignorant/tasteless comments within this post.

Kirk Mango
Becoming a True Champion