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Performance Enhancing Drugs: They are More Available, Popular, and Dangerous Than You Think
by Don Hooton of the Taylor Hooton Foundation
About the Taylor Hooton Foundation The Taylor Hooton Foundation for Fighting Steroid Abuse is a non-profit corporation incorporated in Washington, DC. Corporate headquarters are in McKinney, TX. The IRS has formally approved the THF for 501(c) 3 tax-exempt status.
The THF was formed in memory of Taylor E. Hooton, a 17-year old high school athlete from Plano, TX. Taylor took his own life on July 15, 2003, as a result of the use of anabolic steroids. This Foundation was founded by the parents, family, and friends of Taylor after his death when the founders became aware of the magnitude of a growing problem among high school and college students across the US and Canada—the illegal use and abuse of anabolic steroids as an appearance and performance enhancement drug in addition to the abuse of other APEDs by our kids. They discovered that this is a serious problem among young athletes and non-athletes, and learned that young people and their parents are generally ignorant of either the prevalence of or the real dangers of these powerful drugs.
Along with his family, Don Hooton formed the Taylor Hooton Foundation. He currently serves as the organization’s president and sits on the board of directors along with a group of distinguished volunteers. Don has spoken directly to hundreds of thousands of kids, parents, coaches, doctors, elite athletes, and others around the country. He has testified as an expert witness before Congress on three occasions and met with governors and legislators from a number of states and other leaders that are interested in tackling this issue. In addition, he has told Taylor’s story on a significant number of national and international television and radio shows in addition to major newspapers and magazines.
Steroid use isn’t limited to Olympic and professional athletes. High schoolers striving to improve athletic performance and secure college scholarships are increasingly giving in to steroids’ alluring but sometimes deadly “benefits.” Taylor Hooton’s steroid use drove him to take his own life. The 16-year-old was one of a number of players on his high school baseball team who were taking steroids—and their coach had no idea it was happening.
Steroid use isn’t limited to athletes. The fastest growing segment of steroid users are young men and women who aren’t out to gain an athletic edge—they simply want to look like the “cut” models, musicians, movie stars, and athletes they see glorified in the media. The Internet makes it easy for anyone to buy steroids, and they’re available in almost every local gym where our athletes work out.
As a coach, athletic director, principal, or parent, you need to know that steroid use is more common than you think. You need to know the dangers and warning signs of steroid use. You need to know how to educate, protect, and if need be, confront your athletes about steroids’ devastating effects.
“Performance Enhancing Drugs: They’re More Available, Popular, and Dangerous Than You Think,” is led by Don Hooton, Sr., founder of the Taylor Hooton Foundation. Topics Don covers in this hour-long webinar include the following:
Supplements: What’s really in those boxes?
Anabolic steroids: What are they? How are they derived?
Steroids and APEDs: What are our kids really getting when they buy street steroids?
Who’s using steroids? Is it just athletes?
Why you shouldn’t do steroids:
Dangerous—kids shouldn’t use them, even if they weren’t against the rules
The ASEP Successful Coaching webinar series is offered free of charge to coaches, athletic administrators, athletic trainers, instructors, students, professionals, and parents interested in learning about the hottest topics in the sports arena. Webinars to date have addressed concussion management, bullying and social media, sports nutrition, and college recruitment.
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