Robinson Cano, a Yankees veteran, recently faced suspension for 80 games after being tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug (PED). He was tested positive for a substance called furosemide, which, according to him, is not a PED. Cano said that the substance was prescribed to him by a certified doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat his medical ailment.
“While I did not realize at the time that I was given a medicine that was banned, I obviously now wish that I had been more careful,” said Cano is a press release issued to declare his acceptance to the suspension imposed by the Major League Baseball (MLB).
Cano is not the first Yankees player to be suspended on the charges of doping. In fact, many Yankees players in the past have been suspended from the game for using banned substances and drugs. Some of them are Jose Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Jason Giambi and Melky Cabrera.
Steroids in sports
Be it hitting the ball to score runs, kicking the ball to record goals, wrestling to put the opponent on the ground, or running miles to be the first one to touch the finish ribbon, all the games are a test of physical strength and mental endurance. It goes without saying that every athlete tries his/her best for a win. Hence, players and athletes work hard and undergo rigorous training to outperform their competitors and bring home the winner’s trophy. But many players who are over-ambitious are misled and they end up adopting unfair means like taking steroids.
Steroids are performance-enhancing drugs often used by athletes to increase their strength and stamina. Steroids are available in two different variants — anabolic and cortico. The first form increases strength and power by stimulating muscle growth with protein synthesis in the body, while the second form enhances heart rate and other body functions by directly affecting the nervous system and providing an adrenaline rush. Besides, many athletes also take injections of erythropoietin (EPO), also known as blood doping, to increase the number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells.
The use of PEDs in sports can be dated back to ancient Greece and the Greek Olympics. Documents of those times showed that athletes consumed massive quantities of sheep and bull testicles to enhance their performance, and boost their strength and muscular size. However, the mechanics behind the consumption of sheep and bull testicles were poorly understood back then. The use of steroids, even in the yesteryears, was not restricted to only anabolic form, but extended to other substances like brandy, cocaine and strychnine.
Seeking treatment for steroid addiction
Apart from players and athletes, the use of PEDs is also common among bodybuilders and students. Although PEDs are effective in preventing fatigue, increasing the heart rate, and catalyzing brain activities, steroid abuse can have harmful effects on the body, ranging from unnatural growth or secretion of hormones in the body to addiction.
If you or someone you love is looking for treatment of steroid addiction, contact Sovereign Health that offers a variety of personalized therapies for steroid abuse in California. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with our representative for more information on our finest steroid addiction rehab. One should be aware of the fact that addiction to steroids or any other drugs can have life-threatening consequences, if left untreated for a longer period.