Studies have shown how participating in organized sports can yield many benefits to adolescents, including protecting them against drug or alcohol abuse. However, a study conducted by researchers at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, suggests that sports injuries associated with high school athletics may mean that taking part in these sports increases the risk of prescription drug abuse and addiction. The study was published in the March 2014 issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.
Anabolic steroids are generally associated with professional athletes, who use the drugs as a way to boost performance and even set new records. Scandals in sports like baseball and cycling have brought steroids to the national conversation and have dashed many a sports hero from his pedestal.