Should Athletes Be Performance Enhancing Drugs?

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The definition of anecdotal evidence is “not necessarily true or reliable, because based on personal accounts rather than facts or research.” That is not to say that all anecdotal evidence is to be dismissed as irrelevant as observations by participants and audiences of sports can be accurate. However, to test all adolescent athletes in Australia for performance enhancing drugs solely on the bases of an opinion is highly ineffective and time consuming, as there are other ways to combat the problem.
To determine if junior athletes are taking performance enhancing drugs, there are a number of questions that need to be looked into. These include: which athletes are taking performance enhancing drugs, how often do they take them, how many athletes take them, which sports are the most at risk, what gender is it more prominent in, at what level are athletes taking them, what testing protocols, procedures and costs have to be established.
The logistics of drug testing junior athletes becomes particularly cumbersome when the numbers involved in junior sport are looked at. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports in “The Year Book Australia 2012” statistics in children participating in organised sport, in the 10 most popular sports that there were in excess of 684,000 participants between the ages of 15 -17 and this did not include school organised competitions. So it would be fair to argue that there were well in excess of this number, possibly in the millions across Australia
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