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PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING SUPPLEMENTS When it comes to competitive sports everyone wants to win Some people will do about anything to be able to win out on the field They will cheat lie or even take harmful and unknown drugs to help them win In the last couple of years the performance-enhancing supplements creatine and androstenedione have become increasingly popular among athletes Sales are expected to top 180 million dollars this year CIF 1 Performance-enhancing supplements should be taken off the market Creatine is a chemical that is already found in the body It is ingested into the body when meat and fish are eaten Creatine is stored in the muscles and is used for short bursts of energy Dodd 1 The suggested dose for creatine supplementation is five grams equivalent to the amount found in a two pound steak Gorman 1 It is estimated that thirteen percent of NCAA athletes and fifty percent of baseball players use creatine Some superstars like Mark McGwire and Michael Johnson use creatine Dishong Creatine 1 Creatine is currently not banned by any major athletic group Dishong Creatine 3 Androstenedione is a chemical that is converted into testosterone by a natural enzyme in the body AST 1 Doses are generally 100 to 300mg twice a day Because of its resemblance to steroids the NCAA NFL and Olympic Committee have banned andro Dishong Andro 3 Anabolic Steroids are artificial forms of male hormones used to increase strength and weight Steroids Anabolic Steroids can be taken one of two ways Oral ingestion or intramuscular injection The most popular steroid costs up to 5000 dollars and is hard to detect with standard drug tests Lovitch 2-6 The National Institute of Drug Abuse reported 175000 teenage girls and 325000 teenage boys used steroids during the past year Lurie 3 The average age of people who use steroids for the first time is fifteen Lovitch 6 Steroids are banned from all major competition
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