09 Oct Baseball Players Often Abuse Illegal Drugs
Baseball players in the major leagues get paid higher salaries because of their popularity and ability to play ball better than their fellow players. Often, the temptation to earn more money causes them to want to succeed illegally. Many baseball players today are taking steroids and other performance drugs to enhance their playing ability. Baseball players like Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera all received some type of suspension for their involvement with illegal substances.
When someone gets suspended, it tarnishes their reputation and good name amongst people in the world today. Major league baseball players are not the only ones abusing drugs. Often, high school students abuse drugs as well. It is not uncommon to hear about your son playing baseball and smoking weed on the weekend with his friends. As kids move into college, they often have fraternity parties in which alcohol and drugs are being mixed.
In 2012, The University Interscholastic League in Texas released their drug test results on high school athletes. They tested 3,311 people. Out of those tested, 9 were positive for steroids. These tests were mainly given to boys (3,087 boys and 224 girls).
It is scary to hear about any high school student thinking about taking steroids to improve their game. However, like most drug users, many high school students see this as something that they can control. Most high school baseball players that take drugs believe that they will take drugs for only a short time and then get off of them when they are ready. However, this is not always the case. Often, baseball players have to succeed in order to stay on their team or even to go into the minor leagues.
Parents often don’t suspect their son or daughter that is an athlete to be on drugs. Most parents think that their child is out playing baseball and having fun with their friends. Since they are responsible, they often do not feel the need to follow them around. They assume that whatever they are doing now will eventually spell success later on. It is important to know that we often cannot tell who is on and off drugs.
As a parent, it is your responsibility to ensure that your child is not taking drugs. You can have them tested through your medical doctor if you suspect them taking an illegal substance. Your child will probably not like being asked to take a test. However, they have to follow what you say if they are under 18 years of age. It is your duty as a parent to ensure their safety. It could be a matter of life and death for them. Your child often doesn’t understand the true pain of their own actions.