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Don Hooton: Making A Difference In The Fight Against Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs

Two years ago, in recognition of April as Youth Sports Safety Month, MomsTeam asked 30 experts to write a blog answering two questions: first, how or why did they get into their field, and second, how have they made a difference in the life of a youth athlete in the past year.  

Today, we are honored to hear the story of Don Hooton, Sr. of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, which is working to educate America's youth and adult influencers about the dangers of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs.

Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Misuse Five Times Higher For Gay and Bisexual Boys

A new study from The Fenway Institute, a Boston health center for the LGBT community, shows that gay and bisexual boys use anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) at rates much higher than their straight counterparts. One of the reasons is an obsessive desire to look better, which is behind the use by more and more teenagers, gay and straight.

Dietary Supplements For Performance Nutrition: Adopt "Food-First" Philosophy, Says NATA

The keys to good health and successful athletic performance are a carefully designed, healthful, and nutritionally balanced diet and well-developed program which promotes a "food-first" philosophy, says a helpful new position statement on evaluating dietary supplements from the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).

Teen Athletes: Don't Go from Hero to Asterisk. Avoid Steroids

Sean Sterner did things on the field of play that no high school soccer player before him ever did, defying even the laws of physics themselves. However, all of that came at a cost, and now when people look at him, all they see is an asterisk.

Athletes: Play Sports Clean, Hard and True

Advice from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons on the dangers of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).

Combating Teen Steroid Use Aim Of New Public Service Advertising Campaign

Whether it is a potential college scholarship or just helping their team win, some teenage athletes feel pressure to do whatever it takes to get an "edge", even to the point of taking anabolic steroids or other illegal, performance-enhancing substances.  In an attempt to reduce teen steroid use, the Ad Council is sponsoring a new public service ad (PSA) campaign and companion website called "Don't Be An Asterisk." 

Performance Enhancement: Where Do We Draw the Line? Part II – The Guidelines

Developing guidelines to address issues apparent in Part I of Performance Enhancement: Where Do We Draw the Line is certainly easier said than done; the complexities are obvious. What I would like to do is create a starting place, a beginning, from which we (and athletes) can more easily determine the point of performance enhancement that must never be crossed. The hope is to allow athletes the ability to continue striving toward their full athletic potential without risking their character and integrity or their physical/mental/emotional wellbeing.

Performance Enhancement: Where Do We Draw the Line? Part I – The Problem

We could make this simple and just say that using any performance enhancement deemed illegal is where:

> proper athletic training ends and cheating begins

> the attitude of “winning at all costs” exhibits major control

> the eroding of character/integrity establishes a strong foothold