Unfortunately, competitive running has been riddled with rampant performance-enhancing drug (PED) use for years and only now have small efforts been made by the IAAF and national federations to clean up the sport. One thing that is rarely talked about is the ill effects PEDs can have on athletes. Although PEDs can give an athlete unfair advantages on the track, they also bring adverse health effects in the long run. Many of these substances cause cardiovascular conditions, organ damage, tumors and endocrine effects, all of which do more harm to the athlete than good.
ProjectKnow.com, a drug and alcohol addiction treatment resource, created a series of infographics to illustrate the effects of substances such as anabolic agents, peptide hormones, beta-2 antagonists, diuretics, stimulants, and narcotics on the body to explore how performance-enhancing drugs may actually impede performance. Scroll through the images to see what negative effects PEDs can have on the different parts of an athlete’s body. (Numerous treatment programs are available–for you or someone close to you struggling under the weight of the compulsion to continue using drugs of any kind. Call to speak with a confidential treatment support advisor at 888-287-0471 for more information.)