Amateur Hour for Performance Enhancers

Amateur Hour for Performance Enhancers

One of the most remarkable things about the great golfer Bobby Jones was that he never played golf as a professional. He was a lawyer by trade and won all of his 13 major championships as an amateur.

Now, nobody today is expected to walk out from behind their office desk and qualify for the U.S. Open golf championship–which theoretically can be done—or get an expensive new bicycle and take on the Tour de France. But a lot of weekend warriors and college kids in intramural sports are trying to look like they could do just that—with disastrous results.

Medical researchers recently held a press conference to sound the alarm about amateur athletes’ use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), such as dietary supplements, anabolic steroids (men ages 15-34 are the most frequent abusers) and weight-loss products (often abused by women in their late 30's).  

PEDs directly alter the myocardium, blood vessels, and metabolism of your cardiovascular system. You’re risking exercise-induced abnormal heart rhythm, as well as cardiovascular, psychiatric, metabolic, endocrine, neurologic, infectious, hepatic, renal, and musculoskeletal disorders.

The Taylor Hooton Foundation (named after Taylor Hooton who died in 2003 after anabolic steroid use), urges YOU to “Think beyond sports.”  We agree. If you want to get stronger, faster and healthier, your formula should be seven to nine servings of fresh produce daily, and plenty of sleep, in addition to 60 to 90 minutes of aerobic activity most days and two to three days of strength building a week.