SUPPLEMENTS & PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING SUBSTANCES
This page is provided as a resource for students, parents/guardians, and coaches to locate current factual information and to increase their knowledge about these highly available substances. Basically, there is no shortcut for the discipline required to eat a nutritionally balanced diet or for the effort required to attain the level of physical conditioning required by athletic endeavors. Believing otherwise can potentially have an adverse affect on the long-term health of young athletes.
Many national organizations, including the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) have published position statements and created policies regarding the use of anabolic steroids, dietary supplements, and other performance-enhancing substances. Student-athletes and their parent/guardians should always consult with a qualified health care provider prior to making any decision about the use of any over-the-counter or prescribed substances.
Anabolic steroids are controlled substances that are illegal to use or possess without a doctor's prescription. The use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing substances violates the legal, ethical, and competitive equity standards along and imposes unreasonable long-term health risks.
Dietary supplements are not evaluated or regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), therefore there is no guarantee as to the accuracy of the dosage, content, ingredients, or purity contained within. Very few scientific studies exist on the short-term or long-term side effects associated with the use of dietary supplements which increases the risks associated with their use.