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Risks of Roids - Steroid Abuse

Several of baseball's biggest stars have been accused of using steroids. Kidzworld has the 411 on roids and their side effects.

Steroids in Baseball and the Olympics

Until 2002, Major League Baseball never tested players for steroid use and players were not penalized for steroid use until 2004. Many players have admitted using the steroid, Androstenedione, including former homerun champion, Mark McGwire. Some players have also been accused of using THG - a human growth hormone that works like a steroid, building muscle mass and helping athletes recover from training. Standard drug tests are unable to detect it, but scientists are working to develop a reliable test. In March 2005, the US Government will begin investigating the use of steroids by baseball players. Many are now questioning whether Barry Bonds' homerun record was aided by steroids and other muscle supplements. If Bonds' hit a bunch of dingers, while getting help from an extra dose of illegal Miracle Muscle, should his records still count? What do you think of steroids in sports? Should Barry Bonds' homerun records still count, if he admits he took steroids? Tell Kidzworld what you think!

Steroids and Kids

Using steroids and other muscle building concoctions is a major health risk and more kids are now taking these substances to improve their performance in sports. A recent survey by Blue Cross - Blue Shield found that nearly one-million kids in America are using steroids and other substances to improve their sports performance. There's also been a big increase in the number of girls taking steroids, with up to 7 percent of girls in middle school saying they've taken steroids at least once.

What Are Steroids

So, what are they? Steroids are basically like fake hormones. Hormones are things that make a guy's voice get deeper and help grow hair on his body. Athletes sometimes take steroids because it can help muscles get bigger and stronger. Steroids usually come in the form of pills, powders, or a liquid that can be injected into the body. "Roids" can make an athlete stronger and faster - but they can't improve athletic skill.

Kidzworld's Top Ten Reasons Not To Be a Juice Monkey

If you're using steroids or thinking about it, here's a pretty good list of reasons not to.

  1. Gives you zits.
  2. Gives you bad breath, which equals no kisses.
  3. Makes you go bald sooner, which equals looking like your Dad when your 16.
  4. For Girls: it makes you grow a moustache - totally gross!
  5. For Girls: it makes your boobies shrink.
  6. For Guys: it makes your nuts shrink - do you really need another reason?
  7. For Guys: it makes it hurt when you go to the bathroom - again, do you really need another reason?
  8. For Guys: it makes you grow breasts - once again, see above.
  9. Impotence: that means you can't get an erection.
  10. Roid Rage: it makes you get all wacko and violent.

So, the best bet for being a better athlete is to train hard, eat healthy foods and develop good practice habits.

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What Should Happen to Steroid Users?

  • They should be suspended for life.
  • They should be given a shorter suspension.
  • They should be locked in a closet for six months and forced to eat nothing but brocolli.
  • Nothing - steroids aren't really a big deal.

Sports In The Forums

Lolly20 posted in Xtreme Sports:
of coarse girls can be stronger than boys but some are not :wave
reply 1 day
How the game works: you roast the favorite american football player of the person above you  EXAMPLE: Mathew Stafford LIONS QB USER BELOW: hes the worst qb in nfl did you know that? Ok first person to reply roasts my player:  Favorite NFL Player: Antonio Brown #84 Pittsburgh Steelers
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Lolly20 posted in Cheerleading:
as long as they r happy i think it is fine :)
reply 5 days
A recent comment on a video gave me this idea , of writing about this whole scenario  the comment was something like this Messi + Ronaldo = Zlatan It was something that made me happy , cuz i'm a Zlatan fan myself , but keeping that aside I'll be honest in stating the reasons due to which Zlatan is considered better among fans  1st - Tired of Messi vs Ronaldo ; For those of you tired of the endless Messi vs Ronaldo debate Zlatan is the middle way , when Zlatan was asked for a word to describe Messi and Ronaldo  he said for Messi - Fantastic , for Ronaldo - Good ( he'd definitely prefer messi since he was in barca , so definitely against Real Madrid , but i'll skip that ) , but when asked about one word for Zlatan - "WOW!" that was his answer 2nd - If you believe in extraordinary and Jaw-dropping stuff; If we talk about Messi and Ronaldo we'll think constant goal scorers and team players and who deliver something great evry time the team needs it , but Zlatan he may also score regularly not as frequent as Messi or Ronaldo , but every time he scores it's another jaw dropping goal , whether that 32 yard bicycle kick vs England or extraordinary volleys Zlatan is Zlatan 3rd Zlatan does things nobody does; You won't see Ronaldo having fun with reporters or Messi bad mouthing his manager even when he is wrong , Zlatan doesn't cares,  like who can forget the epic reply to Arsene Wenger on asking Zlatan to play a trial game , -" ZLATAN doesn't do Auditions" If some of you guys don't agree with me no problem , everybody has their own opinion , and if you don't agree with me cuz you don't know about any of those Zlatan goals or interviews , then you should definitely search the internet for - Extraordinary Zlatan  ZLATAN may had not won the -ballon d'or , but has won large no of trophies and league titles  search for zlatan ibrahimovic - titles and trophies for that
reply 9 days
Well for me, I think totally! Inside that is. When a guy says girls can't play sports I think THEY can't be cheerleaders. But if a guy says girls CAN play sports, yep, they could be cheerleaders
reply 12 days