Perhaps we need to set up separate "drug-free" and "juiced-up" leagues for each sport so that we are always comparing apples to apples?
This is a good idea. In fact, one of the powerlifting federations had this at one time, so to speak.
They had a "Drug Free" division and a "We don't ask questions" division.
While the idea is sound, an athlete participating in the "Drug" division would catch a lot of heat and quickly be black balled in society.
As far as medicinal use - i have personal experience with this and have seen the benefits when properly and correctly used under strict medical supervision. I am all for this - 100%.
As I stated in one of my other post, I took them from 1977-1987. I am neither proud or ashamed of it. I suspect that I may have more "hand on experience/knowedge" than you...and probably anyone on this board.
On another board that I post on, there are individuals on that board that lifted in the same era as I did. They took more and know more than I do.
However, in a previous discussion on that board, neither of these two world champion powerlfiters entered the discussion. I doubt that they wanted to be "Politically Incorrect"...or catch any heat.
I equate this to heroin/morphine -
This is an overstatment. Steriod NEVER have been in the same catagory as heroin or morphine.
under the right circumstances, they have medicinal value - under other parameters they are highly addictive and high risk recreational drugs
Certainly, having the right medical supervision works best. However, medical doctors don't want be black listed or create problems for themselves.
So, most athletes usually learn from those who have practical experience and by reading book and articles. This can be even more effective than being under a medical doctor with a limited knowledge of steroids.
The problem is that to really know what is going on, blood work need to be performed by a medical doctor.
Steriods are NOT "highly addictive" and there is little "high risk" involved in taking them.
What I have a problem with is the presentation of mis-information on any topic. Let's stick to the facts.