Performance-enhancing drug use in young athletes

Adolesc Med Clin. 2006 Oct;17(3):719-31; abstract xii. doi: 10.1016/j.admecli.2006.06.011.


This article explores the issue of performance-enhancing drug use in adolescent athletes. The article describes current substances that are being used by adolescent athletes, explains their positive and negative effects, examines factors contributing to their increased use in adolescent athletes, and discusses approaches to educating adolescents about alternate means of enhancing their athletic performance. It is hoped that this information will be useful toward encouraging young athletes to pursue, safe, healthy, and natural means of performance enhancement, such as practice and strength training, to improve sports performance in a safe, effective manner.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anabolic Agents / adverse effects
  • Anabolic Agents / pharmacology
  • Creatine / adverse effects
  • Creatine / pharmacology
  • Dietary Supplements*
  • Doping in Sports / prevention & control*
  • Doping in Sports / statistics & numerical data
  • Human Growth Hormone / adverse effects
  • Human Growth Hormone / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Sports*
  • Testosterone Congeners / adverse effects
  • Testosterone Congeners / pharmacology
  • United States


  • Anabolic Agents
  • Testosterone Congeners
  • Human Growth Hormone
  • Creatine