Hoot’s Corner

American Legion Baseball commends the work of the Taylor Hooton Foundation

The Taylor Hooton Foundation (THF) was formed in 2004 in memory of Taylor E. Hooton, a 17-year-old high school athlete from Plano, Texas, who played American Legion Baseball and took his own life on July 15, 2003, after using anabolic steroids.

Taylor Hooton’s parents, family and friends founded the THF after learning of the growing number of middle school, high school and college students illegally using and abusing anabolic steroids, Human Growth Hormone (HGH), unregulated dietary supplements, and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs (APEDs).Continue Reading...



UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) today confirmed that three English rugby union players, Andrew Quarry, Brandon Walker and Connor Stapley, have been suspended from all sport for twelve, four and two years respectively following Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs).

Andrew Quarry, who was registered with Kendal RUFC, has been banned for twelve years on account of three ADRVs, following a criminal conviction in 2013 for conspiracy to supply a controlled Class C drug.… Continue Reading...

Parenting adult children who abuse substances, the law, or their families

By:  Suzanne Degges-White Ph.D

Before a child is born, most parents are already carrying a heavy burden. They recognize that a great deal of responsibility comes with bringing a child into this world and typically believe that every choice they make from the moment of conception onwards is going to play a role in how their child turns out.… Continue Reading...

Dee Gordon: steroid use is not all about muscle

Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins doesn’t fit the stereotype of a steroid user.


A positive steroid test by Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has underlined the commonly forgotten fact about doping: it’s not all about the muscles.

Exhibit 1: Lance Armstrong and the other stick-figure men of his fraudulent Tour de France cycling teams, for whom small doses of testosterone (often delivered in drops of olive oil or transdermal patches the cyclists wore after training) were a critical recovery aid.… Continue Reading...

Even Tug-Of-Warriors Can Be Dopers


WADA doping report

It may seem like doping is constantly in the news, but a comprehensive report released by the World Anti-Doping Agency last Wednesday showed that very few drug tests come up positive. Just a sliver of samples the organization handled in 2014 produced suspicious findings and only 64 percent of these positive tests ultimately led to a sanction.… Continue Reading...

NFL warns players about steroids in meat

NFL players have been warned that eating lots of meat while visiting China and Mexico could result in a positive test for steroids.

The NFL has warned players that some meat produced in China and Mexico may be contaminated with clenbuterol, a banned steroid.

In a memo sent out by the league office, the NFL warned players that consuming large quantities of meat while visiting those countries may result in a positive test for clenbuterol.… Continue Reading...

How does military training and pregnancy affect women’s nutritional status and need for supplements?

Military training and pregnancy increase women’s nutritional needs, specifically for vitamin D, calcium, iron, folate, and iodine. While HPRC always recommends choosing whole foods first, sometimes it can be difficult to get enough of those nutrients through food alone. When nutrient needs are higher than normal or when nutrient-rich foods aren’t available, vitamin and mineral supplements can help women to restore nutrient levels in their bodies.… Continue Reading...

The Science of Addiction

What is addiction? Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response.… Continue Reading...

Anabolic steroid abuse is associated with increased systolic hypertension


Anabolic androgenic steroid (AAS) abuse is associated with severe blood pressure (BP) increase and hypertension, new research reports. The results of the study will be presented in a poster Saturday, April 2, at ENDO 2016, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, in Boston.

Daytime and nighttime blood pressures were considerably higher among ongoing AAS abusers than among former abusers and non-users, and most ongoing abusers had hypertension during the night.… Continue Reading...

Hall president wins award for war on PEDs

Hall president wins award for war on PEDs

Jeff Idelson is trying to knock performance-enhancing drugs out of the ballpark.

The Taylor Hooton Foundation has noticed, too, as it will present the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s president with its Legacy Award on April 23 at Eddie Dean’s Ranch in Dallas.

“It is a humbling and proud honor to receive this award,” Idelson, the Hall’s president since 2008, said in a media release emailed to The Daily Star by the Cooperstown shrine.… Continue Reading...