According to WBIR in Knoxville, a football player at Stone Memorial High School in nearby Cumberland County is suing officials at his high school. He claims that an assistant football coach gave him anabolic steroids without telling him what they were.
The report states that Benjamin Dodd began having side effects like severe headaches and violent mood swings. The lawsuit says Dodd still needs medical attention because of ongoing side effects.
What are anabolic steroids and what are the effects? Anabolic steroids are illegal drugs that may give athletes a competitive advantage due to increased body mass, decreased body fat, and increased strength and power.
Side effects may include balding, acne, and temporary infertility. Long-term health risks include liver disease, adverse effects on blood lipids, strokes, and heart attacks.
In adolescent males, steroid use may arrest longitudinal bone growth, which may result in decreased adult stature. Psychological problems are also possible.
The National Strength and Conditioning Association's position statement denounces the use of anabolic steroids for the purpose of enhancing performance. Recognized as the world-wide authority on strength and conditioning, this professional association has published a Steroid Packet for coaches. It includes an action plan for combating anabolic steroid abuse among athletes.