The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, February 17, 1999, Page 11, Image 11

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H he CI ac I< amas P rint
Wednesday, February 17,1999
This Saturday is
Sophomore Night
Clackamas will face
Southwestern Oregon in the final
home game of the year this
Saturday night. The women's
team, headed for the Southern
Region playoffs next week, tips
off at 6 p.m. while the men's team,
looking for an upset over the
Lakers, starts at 8 p.m. All
sophomores will play their last
home games as Clackamas
Cougars. Pack the gym.
Khosravi: Creatine not proven
Continued from page 9
these performance-enhancing
drugs. Drugs like Andro were not
the only dangerous worry, however.
For some people, Andro posed too
great a risk. Creatine, however, was,
and is, a different story. Creatine is
in the same spot steroids were 20
years ago.
“Creatine is massively out there,”
Jesuit High School football coach
Ken Potter said of the substance,
which is supposed to help build
muscle. “I think there are some high
schools that even have it on the
shelves.”
When steroids first became popu­
lar, the long and short-term effects
were not known. Some “experts”
however, thought that since this
group of hormones appeared natu­
rally in small amounts in the body,
that it would be safe to use. The
use of this newfound “miracle drug”
exploded. Years later, it was found
that steroids were not as they
seemed. The benefits were only
short-term, and the usage had
deadly side effects.
With Creatine, the side effects are
not known; only the performance
benefits are. Since no dangerous
side effects are known, its usage is
common in the sports world. Troy
Aikman, Brady Anderson, and nu­
merous other sports stars use it and
sing it praises. Many coaches rec­
ommend usage of this “safe drug”
to their athletes. "Hie FDA, how­
ever, warns that long-term studies
of the side effects have not been
conducted.
Furthermore, although Creatine
and many other performance-en­
hancing drugs are found naturally
in small amounts in the body, many
of the supplements, like Creatine,
sold at the nutrition stores are not
the same chemical compound as
found in the body. The manufac­
tured supplement is Creatine
Monohydrate, a different chentiical
than that produced by the body.
The manufacturers have changed
the chemical composition of the natu­
ral substance. In so doing, they have
changed theeffectsofthe drug as well.
This different formulation can pose
major threats to the users’ health more
often than not, without the users be­
ing aware of the danger till long after
their playing days are over.
Many users of past “miracle
drugs” were not aware of the dan­
gers while using them. With teams
and coaches recommending usage
and downplaying any possible dan­
ger, many athletes will use these
drugs to boost their level of play.
The result is often tragic, with ath­
letes suffering the effects of the
drugs years after usage has
stopped. Former NFL star Defen­
sive Lineman Lyle Alzado died of
brain cancer brought on by his use
of “safe and recommended” perfor­
mance-enhancing drugs during his
playing career.
Drugs like Creatine, the effects of
which are not known, are as com­
mon in today’s sports world as
French fries in McDonalds. More
often than not, sports programs
ranging from high school to the pros
have bottles of these substances
sitting in their training rooms for
consumption by the players. Other
times, at the encouragement of train­
ers, players will use drugs like Andro
in spite of the known risks. Mark
McGwire and Dante* Bichettie are a
few of the players that keep cases of
Andro on hand for training enhance­
ment.
The National Federation of
High School Associations sent a
letter to each state’s governing
body, cautioning school person­
nel and coaches to “never sup­
ply, recommend or permit the use
of any drug, medication or food
supplement solely for perfor­
mance-enhancing purposes.”
“I hope-that 15,20 years from
now, that those kids who are on
Creatine are OK,” Coach Potter
said. “It scares me that 15,20 years
from now, they might say, ‘Hey,
we beat Jesuit!’ but they might
be on a kidney dialysis machine
at that time.”
With long-term dangers such
as liver and heart failure already
proven, and other dangers still yet
unknown, usage of performance-
enhancing drugs should be
banned. Not only do they detract
from the true spirit of competition
in sports, but they also pose great
health risks to those who use
them. The obsession with being
the best grows more and more
everyday. Many athletes become
so engulfed in this drive that they
become blind to the dangers of
the use of performance-enhanc­
ing drugs.
Until League officials ban these
substances and stop trying to
make a quick buck at the expense
of the players, we will continue to
see the usage of these drugs run
rampant. And we will continue to
see our heroes fall victim to the
sometimes deadly side effects of
performance-enhancing drugs.
It’s a shame we didn’t learn our
lesson the first time around. Hope­
fully the second lesson is better
taught and bettered learned.
JOHN THORBURN / Clackamas Print
The Clackamas rally squad cheers on the Cougars at Mt Hood last
week. Join the squad in its support of Clackamas this Saturday.
The Box: League must
take more responsibility
Continued from page 9
get angry, players and coaches
will dispute calls. But never has
there been a year when a group
of officials have single-handedly
(or collectively) been respon­
sible for the outcome of games.
Just as in the referee contro­
versy in the National Football
League this past season, the
league must take more responsi­
bility in the training and hiring
of officials.
It has an obligation to its mem­
ber schools, their players and
coaches, and to the sport of bas­
ketball itself.
Without proper officiating, the
game is lost.
JOHN THORBURN / Clackamas Print
College officiating has been
lousy this season and must be
held to a higher standard for
the sake of the game.
Clackamas Ceugar
Co-Ed Soccer
February 20, 1999
7:20 p.m.
March 7, 1999
March 13, 1999
8:10 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
All games played at Oregon Indoor Soccer Center
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