Effect of an anabolic steroid education program on knowledge and attitudes of high school football players

Linn Goldberg, Eric E. Bosworth, Robert T. Bents, Louis Trevisan

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Six varsity high school football teams were assessed by confidential questionnaire regarding anabolic steroids, before and 2 weeks after an education intervention. The education program used the American College of Sports Medicine's position on the "use of anabolic androgenic steroids in sports." Two teams received a lecture and a four-page handout, two teams were given the handout only, and two teams were controls. Self-report of current use was 1.1% but 38.8% claimed availability of these agents. Although increased awareness of the adverse effects of anabolic steroid was found after the education program, no differences in attitudes toward the use of anabolic steroids occurred as compared to controls. Strategies designed to dissuade adolescent athletes from considering these drugs need to be developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-214
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health Care
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1990



  • Adolescent athletes Anabolic steroids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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