Does Doping by Pro Athletes Affect Youth Sports?

Tell us what you think about the issue on Lindenhurst Patch.

Between the Baseball Hall of Fame vote being marred by steroid use by potential candidates like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds and the Lance Armstrong sit-down with Oprah where he admitted to cheating during his cycling career, the use of performance enhancing drugs in professional sports has been in the news all month long.

We're wondering if the news from the professional sporting world makes its way down to the youth and high school sports levels.

Lindenhurst Patch wants to know what you think about this issue.

What message does this send our children performing in youth and high school sports activities in our area? What do you - or your coaches - tell your kids about use of steriods and similar drugs?

Share your thought in the comments section, below.


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Kirk Mango January 24, 2013 at 08:54 PM
There is a good deal I could write on the topic, however, it is not feasable in this forum. Let me just say that the use of PED's amongst our elite level athletes does have an affect on our youth. It is more indirect and not necessarily something that we see as it relates more to an attitude. I covered the topic pretty thoroughly in a post just this past Monday at the Tribune ChicagoNow blog network on my blog "The Athlete's Sports Experience." It is certainly a concern of mine, and should be for everyone as this use of PED's is reflective of a more pervasive attitude we see in society as a whole..."winning at all costs" and the loss of perspective that this brings. Kirk Mango Author: "Becoming a True Champion"


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