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Adolesc Med Clin. 2006 Oct;17(3):719-31; abstract xii.

Performance-enhancing drug use in young athletes.

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University of Florida Pediatric Program, Jacksonville, FL, USA.


This article explores the issue of performance-enhancing drug use in adolescent athletes. The article describes current substances that are being used by adolescent athletes, explains their positive and negative effects, examines factors contributing to their increased use in adolescent athletes, and discusses approaches to educating adolescents about alternate means of enhancing their athletic performance. It is hoped that this information will be useful toward encouraging young athletes to pursue, safe, healthy, and natural means of performance enhancement, such as practice and strength training, to improve sports performance in a safe, effective manner.

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