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Testing High School Athletes For Steroids

December 14th, 2007 by flanews

Baseballs biggest names are now linked to steroids, but Florida has a program to discourage substance abuse among high school athletes. Florida is one of only three states to make testing mandatory. As Chris Casquejo tells us, coaches believe the program is working.

Hear it here: Testing High School Athletes For Steroids

High school steroid use nationwide is estimated at 3 to 6 percent. In the fall, Florida started a pilot program to test one percent of athletes who play football, baseball, flag football, softball and weight lifting. Reginald Davis is a high school athletic director who believes steroids are a non-issue.

We are not going to tolerate steroid use,” said Davis. “But I dont know that the testing had a real impact on that number because I dont know that we had a real problem here.

The state athletic association cant comment on any test results, positive or negative. But the lawmaker who pushed for the program says its going very well.

The head baseball coach at Tallahassee Community College believes high schoolers need to stay clear of steroids.

When Johnny puts on 35 pounds in two months and its all muscle, Dad and Mom are going to know hes doing something wrong, said TCC baseball coach Mike McLeod.

Hes lukewarm about the effectiveness of testing high school athletes.

I dont know that all the testing, the one percent testing, is going to help,” McLeod said. “But its just going to heighten awareness.

Because Floridas program is so new, hard numbers arent available. Students who test positive are suspended from all sports for 90 days. They can appeal two months into their suspension.

The state athletic association will submit a report about the steroid-testing program to Florida lawmakers in the spring.

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