Guest Blog Post Highlights the Dangers of Performance-enhancing Drugs

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girl with soccer ball From the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to the 2016 Rio Olympics, the use of performance-enhancing drugs has been a hot topic. But the dangers don’t stop with athletes. The abuse of steroids, drugs and chemicals among children and young adults is putting their health in danger.

Jamie Lovell, MD, a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, authored a guest blog post for the Healthy Kids blog about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.

Dr. Lovell points out that legal substances such as caffeine, protein supplements and diet supplements are also considered performance-enhancing substances. She explains the dangers of performance-enhancing substances, including potential liver damage, stunted growth, and increased aggression. She also provides a summary of the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) guidelines for keeping athletes safe.

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