Athens, GA-The junior defensive lineman For the Georgia Bulldog football team has been under a NCAA three-year ban for testing positive for anabolic steroid use, nandrolone. The steroid also known as durbolin, is used to decrease muscle fatigue and to increase muscle growth.
Houston passed his first test since the ban
UGA director of sports medicine Ron Courson called to let him know of the news, Thursday on his birthday.
Getting off the roller coaster
Getting the steroid out of his system. It took every bit of those three years, according to Houston, to get rid of the steroid. Houston commented, “The steroid gets stuck in your fatty tissue and it’s murder trying to get it to leave your system. I spent every bit of that three-year ban working with doctor’s to rid my body of it.”
Frequent drug tests were given to Houston to monitor his levels
He received steroids for two shoulder injuries in high school, and within three months of being on Georgia campus he got the call from Coursen telling him he tested positive for steroids. The level of steroid allowed to be tested for is 2.5, Houston tested 260. Which led Coursen to believe there had been reuse of the steroids since the injuries so he called him in. Athletes can’t stand the loss in size, all of that fake meat and sizzle, once they stop using steroids. Just saying no to steroids is not easy when you are used to using and seeing the bulky results.
It took three years to get steroids out of his system
“I had a lot of growing up to do and I learned a lot about what it takes to be a man,” said Houston.
Coursen told ESPN when he started to take it seriously and work with us, within one year his levels tapered off from 260 down to 16. It takes time for the body to adapt, the natural hormones and other bodily compounds stop producing when synthetic hormones are being injected. Waking the body back up to start making its own natural substances after it has shut down is not easy. In Some cases the body just refuses and the hormones that it takes to build you into a man are no longer a part of your life. Another reason why it’s hard for men to stop using. Using steroids are that dangerous.
The testicles come back down to normal size, a sign of the steroids leaving your system, but the rest of the body doesn’t respond. This happens most of the time with long term users. But short term users can also suffer the consequences. The point being is no one is readily truthful about how long they’ve been actually using steroids or performance enhancing drugs, so the situation is always worse.
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Houston wanted to be a Georgia Bulldog from the age of four, he had pressure from his parents to take the football route. Parents can be as guilty of pushing and creating undue pressure on their children to performance par and to live out their dreams at any cost to the child or teen.
This is just one classic story of high school steroid use
And there are millions more just like Houston’s out there. Kids who will face cancers and liver and heart disease. Not to mention the manhood issues, the mental issues that come from your body not producing correctly can cause some serious mental side effects.
Kids are kids first, fame and money are not worth it
It’s not uncommon for doctors to prescribe testosterone supplementation to men after running steroids to keep the body running correctly, much like menopausal women do for their bodies and aged men. But a teen or a young adult with this problem will have trouble finding a doctor to work with. There are no quick fixes. Your best bet is to not get involved in steroids in the name of performance enhancement to begin with. Steroids and performance enhancing drugs should never be allowed in sports and unsafe for a variety of reasons.