Hoot’s Corner

Welsh rugby does not have its own drugs problem – the issue lies in the entire country’s steroid addiction

Drug abuse in Welsh grassroots rugby 'off the scale' but WRU chief 'not overly concerned'

Worrying trend: There has been a spike in steroid abuse

It has become something of a tradition. UK Anti-Doping releases the names and cases of the British sportspeople who have failed drugs tests and when the media tots up that so many happen to play rugby in Wales so the hysteria begins.

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How many rugby players use steroids? It’s more like how many don’t

In 1997 a man was jailed for six months for peddling steroids in south Wales. Hardly a headline grabber, you might think, but this was no backstreet drug pusher: the man was Michael Thear-Graham, a GP in Newport who was running an industrial-scale racket.

At the time the media described him as supplying “bodybuilders”, but many of us in sport knew he also had a large and growing market in rugby, which had just turned professional.

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Socceer: Zagreb’s Arijan Ademi tested positive for steroids

Uefa has confirmed the Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Arijan Ademi was banned after testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol.

The governing body banned the 24-year-old for four years last week but did not identify the substance in his urine sample given after a Champions League match against Arsenal.

Stanozolol is best known as the steroid the Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was caught using at the 1988 Olympics.… Continue Reading...

Don’t get scammed by “all natural” claims

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Dietary supplements that claim to be “all natural” aren’t necessarily safe. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued 2 Consumer Updates warning consumers about “all natural” products for erectile dysfunction and imported dietary supplements.

According to FDA, supplements marketed as “all natural” sexual-enhancement products might be tainted with hidden drug ingredients.… Continue Reading...

Study: Body Dysmorphia leads to Anabolic Steroid Misuse Among US Adolescent Boys


PURPOSE: Anabolic steroid misuse is a growing concern among adolescent boys, and chronic misuse is associated with multisystemic health consequences. However, little is known about weight related predictors of anabolic steroid misuse. We examined the prediction of lifetime anabolic steroid misuse as a function of self-perceived weight status among US adolescent boys.… Continue Reading...

PED used by Paris terroroists once was scourge of German soccer

The performance-enhancing stimulant recently revealed to have been used by Islamic State fighters and linked to the perpetrators of the Paris terror attacks has a murky history involving the top level of German sports.

The active ingredient in Captagon, which was reported by various French media outlets to have been found among the personal effects of the suicide bombers that wreaked havoc in the French capital two weeks ago and is widely distributed among ISIS members in the Middle East, is on the list of substances banned in sports by the World Anti-Doping Agency.… Continue Reading...

Steroids were great… until my heart exploded at 34

I beat the odds ... Ed

I beat the odds … Ed

REALITY star Spencer Matthews was booted out of the I’m A Celebrity jungle after confessing to a secret steroid addiction.

Spencer admitted that he “screwed up” and took the pills for “vanity” and to bulk up before a celebrity boxing match.

Early exit ... Spencer

Early exit … Spencer Rex

But the Made In Chelsea star, who has now gone into rehab, is not alone.… Continue Reading...

Spencer Matthews was booted off I’m A Celebrity after steroids confession

Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews has released a statement explaining why he left I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! after just two days.

Viewers of the ITV show were left befuddled last Friday when Spencer exited the show with no reason revealed.

Now, explaining why he left, 26-year-old Spencer said he had been taking pills to bulk up for a celebrity boxing match.… Continue Reading...

Dietary Supplement Companies Handed Down 11-Count Federal Indictment

This is the tip of the iceberg!

The U.S. Department of Justice has come down hard with criminal charges against two companies making and selling dietary supplements.

The two companies, SK Laboratories based and Anaheim and USP Labs based in Dallas, were handed down an 11 count indictment after a yearlong federal investigation.… Continue Reading...

U.S. announces lawsuits against makers of Jack3d, other dietary supplements

USPlabs, which made the workout supplement Jack3d, and six of its executives face criminal charges for the unlawful sale of the nutritional supplement, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday in announcing a larger probe by multiple federal agencies aimed at stemming the sale of unproven nutritional supplements.

Six executives with USPlabs LLC and a related company, S.K.… Continue Reading...