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Learn about doping in Rugby and the importance of staying clean. Our educational resource will show you all you need to know.

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Anabolic Steroids

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What are anabolic steroids?

What are the risks?

What are anabolic steroids?

Anabolic steroids mimic the effects of the male sex hormone testosterone. Testosterone plays a key role in the development of the testicles as well as promoting masculine characteristics such as a deeper voice, the growth of body hair and muscle mass.

The effects on muscle growth make steroids particularly attractive to athletes where strength, speed, and size may be of an advantage.It may also be tempting for athletes to use them to recover from injury more quickly.

For this reason anabolic steroids are prohibited both In and Out of Competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The starting point for a sanction related to steroid use is a 2 year ban from all sport.

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What are the risks?

The use of anabolic steroids has the potential to cause a number of harmful side effects including:

Male specific side effects:
Female specific side effects:
Other considerations:

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