IHSA: two student athletes test positive for performance-enhancing drugs

Could face 365 days of ineligibility

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

Two high school athletes in Illinois tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during the winter sports season.

As part of the Illinois High School Association’s Performance-Enhancing Drug Testing Program, 467 student-athletes from 56 schools have been tested thus far this school year, with three coming back positive. One was cleared on a medical exemption. The two athletes are the first to test positive without a medical clearance as a result of the program.

“We certainly don’t celebrate these findings, but it does bring validity to the fact that our member school coaches and administrators believe that these abuses are occurring,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman at the Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday. “We are confident that the possibility of being tested year-round will continue to be a significant deterrent for student-athletes who are considering using illegal substances.”

Hickman added that due to confidentially laws, the IHSA is unable to comment further on the positive tests, including the schools or individuals involved.

The two students could face a full year of ineligibility.

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Jim Coughlin  

Posted: May 17th, 2011 11:12 PM

It's important to keep in mind that there are over-the-counter products available that may produce positive test results. It's happened in cases involving pro and collegiate athletes. A one year suspension does seem a little harsh for a first time offender. An injured athlete may just be trying to speed up their recovery process and was not fully aware of the ingredients. There are also studies that have found high school girls are more likely than boys to test positive for steroids. Acne cure?


Posted: May 17th, 2011 10:19 PM

I'm not surprised that our student athletes are using steroids trying to enhance their performance, the pros they look up to are setting horrible examples. Steroids effects on young people are worse than on adults. Parents, talk to your children. Visit http://steroids-effects.com/ for a list of side effects and reasons not to start.

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