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NSCA Implements Steroid Education Program


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Aug. 15 -- The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is getting set to educate the educators about what steroids are and how they affect the human body. Two Steroid clinics will be given to help teach those closest to student athletes the dangers of steroid use; the first will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, August 20, 2005 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second will take place in San Ramon California on Sunday, August 21st at the San Ramon Marriott from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The NSCA’s hope is to help prevent student athletes from ever using steroids-not using scare tactics and misguided zealous discussion but through a comprehensive education, and complete understanding, of the subject.

Strength and conditioning professionals at all levels are looking for expert guidance on the topic of steroids. Many lack the educational tools necessary to inform themselves, their athletes and the public on steroids, even though they work extensively with athletes on a day-to-day basis.

The NSCA feels it is imperative to educate all its members as steroid use becomes more and more endemic throughout youth athletics. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a recent study by the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy reports the rate of use among U.S. high school aged males is between 6 percent and 11 percent. Dr. Charles Yesalis, a Penn State professor of health and human development who is regarded as the preeminent authority on teenage steroid use, estimates that at least 500,000 to 600,000 U.S. kids have used steroids.

The NSCA believes in and supports the premise that participation in an athletic event should always be based on the highest moral and ethical standards and promotes, in every way, the concept of fair play. The use of any substance to enhance performance in ways contrary to these goals will not be sanctioned by the NSCA. It is with this in mind that the NSCA hopes to quell steroid use through education and awareness.



For additional information or to set up interviews with NSCA experts, speakers or members involved with these clinics, contact NSCA at 800-815.6826. Additional information is available at:

Our Mission -- As the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning, NSCA supports and disseminates research-based knowledge and its practical application, to improve athletic performance and fitness.

Our Goal -- To unify members and facilitate a professional exchange of ideas in strength development as it relates to the improvement of athletic performance and fitness.

Since our inception 27 years ago the NSCA has been working hard with well-known industry experts to enhance, enlighten and advance the field of strength and conditioning.


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