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28 September 2006

Schoolboy sport drug shocker

A shocking 22% of rugby-playing schoolboys who took part in a survey conducted by Health24 admitted to taking illegal substances to improve their sports performance.

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A shocking 22% of rugby-playing schoolboys who took part in a survey conducted by Health24 admitted to taking illegal substances to improve their sports performance.

The boys admitted to using substances that contain one or more of the following illegal ingredients: prohormones, growth hormones, anabolic steroids, testosterone or natural anabolic steroids.

More than half of the boys who use these illegal substances indicated that their parents are aware of the fact.

A total of 318 schoolboys who play rugby took part in the recent instant survey by Health24.

The results of the survey were as follows:

  • 44% of the boys indicated that they had never used any supplements or pills to improve their sports performance;
  • 12% indicated that they had never used any substances containing creatine or illegal prohormones, growth hormones, anabolic steroids or testosterone. This group does however use vitamins and protein drinks.
  • 23% indicated that they use creatine, but no illegal substances;
  • 12% indicated that they use substances containing prohormones, growth hormones, testosterone or natural steroids – with the permission or tacit approval of their parents. According to the International Olympic Committee, all these substances are illegal.
  • 10% indicated that they use substances containing prohormones, growth hormones, anabolic steroids, testosterone or natural anabolic steroids, but that their parents are not aware of the fact.

- Health24, September 2006

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