Mark McGwire came clean yesterday admitting he used steroids off and on for nearly a decade during his career as a major league ball player. Here’s the link to the AP story.
McGwire became the second major baseball star in less than a year to admit using illegal steroids, following the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez last February.
All these pro players admitting to steroid use makes me wonder how prevalent steroid use is in high schools today.
When I was younger my brother was very into working out. He loved Hulk Hogan, Rocky and Arh-nold of course! He spent a ton of time in the weight room at our high school and talked frequently about other guys saying they did steroids. It wasn’t just a few guys. It seemed like a lot of big guys in our high school said they were using. I always wondered if the coaches knew.
My brother used the legal muscle building shakes from the health food store, but to my knowledge NEVER took any steroids. I think the needles really creeped him out.
But anecdotally speaking, it felt like steroids were pretty prevalent.
We recently saw a fascinating movie on Netflix called “Bigger, Stronger, Faster” about a young man examining steroid use in our country. He grew up at the same time as me and my brother and had all the same idols. His two brothers were both using steroids as adults and he was trying to decide if he should too. You can watch the movie’s trailer above.
The movie does a great job examining the use of steroids in sports today and inconsistencies in attitudes and policies toward steroid use. If you have streaming Netflix, it’s really worth watching.
So parents with kids in high school now: Do you hear your teens talking about steroid use? Would you know if they were using them? Do your teens exhibit any of the signs of steroid use? Would you condone them? Would you worry more about their health or the legal aspects of using illegal steroids? Do you think they are as prevalent today as they seemed in the 1980s? What do you think teens today think about steroids?