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Why aren't athletes allowed to take steroids?

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Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology 18 years experience
Complicated: The word "steroid" is confusing to many, as there are two classes of drugs: corticosteroids and anabolic steroids. Atheletes may not take the *anabolic* kind because it gives them an unfair competitive advantage in building their muscles. *Corticosteroids*, on the other hand, are used to treat inflammation and may be used for everything from bursitis to asthma. Athletes may take those, no problem.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Why do some athletes take steroids?

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Dr. David Kahan
Podiatry 33 years experience
Seroid Use: Steroids allow an athlete to become faster, stronger, bigger, etc., and that translated into being a "better" athlete. In some professional arenas of sport this is illegal, and others may not be. The bottom line is that steroid use for prolonged periods has potentially detrimental affects also.

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