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NHL suspends player for using PED; learn about steroid abuse

Published On: 02-16-2016 in Category: Addiction, Drugs, Steriods

NHL suspends player for using PED

America has an impressive list of sportspersons winning laurels for the country in mega international events. However, there are also many who bring disrepute to themselves and their teams by doping. Some athletes do it knowingly, while some fall victim to their ignorance or are misguided. Apparently, Anaheim Ducks’ Shawn Horcoff, who was suspended by the National Hockey League (NHL) for using performance-enhancing drug (PED) recently, falls in the latter category.

The NHL imposed a 20-game without pay suspension on Horcoff on January 26 for violating the terms of its PED abuse program. The 37-year-old British Columbia native was in his first season with the team, and has since been referred to the NHL and NHL Players’ Association joint program for substance abuse and behavioral health. The suspension will cost Horcoff more than $357,500.

The Anaheim Ducks forward was quick to admit his mistake and apologized for it, saying he was unaware of the acceptability of the drug he had taken for the treatment of an injury. The NHL Players’ Association released a statement on behalf of Horcoff, which says, “While recovering from an injury I suffered this past fall, I tried a treatment that I believed would help speed up the healing process. Although I was unaware that this treatment was not permitted under NHL rules, that is no excuse whatsoever. I should have done my research, and I should have checked with the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program’s doctors. I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I am sorry.”

Throughout my entire career, I have felt genuinely blessed and honored to play the great game of hockey, and I regret the impact that this may have on my team and our fans. I look forward to the day I return to the ice for the playoff push,” he said.

Anaheim Ducks assure support to Horcoff

Since 2007, Horcoff is only the fourth player to be caught under this offence. He is just six games short of reaching his career high of completing 1,000 games. Reacting to the development, the Anaheim Ducks management said it was unaware of the entire story and assured Horcoff its support.

“This morning we were made aware of the situation regarding Shawn Horcoff. The Anaheim Ducks organization fully supports the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. We will also continue to support Shawn as a player and person throughout this process. We will have no further comment at this time,” Ducks executive vice president/general manager Bob Murray said in a statement after the NHL announcement.

PED and its effects

Horcoff might have doped innocently, but there are many sportspersons who depend on such drugs to improve their performance. PEDs are substances designed to enhance the metabolism of the human body in certain medical situations. It can be divided into different classes of drugs, depending on their compositions and properties, like ergogenic aids or athletic performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants, nootropics or cognition enhancers, adaptogens, painkillers, sedatives & anxiolytics, and blood boosters.

In sports, PED is commonly used to refer to anabolic steroids or just steroids. Many sportspersons initially seek its help to keep themselves going during the competitions, and later get addicted to it. They even start taking PEDs to cherish their dreams of fame and money. Some of them have even admitted to their dependence on PEDs after they retired from active sports.

PEDS are anabolic steroids, synthetic steroid hormones are special chemicals which include testosterone, androstenediol, androstenedione, nandrolone and stanozolol, which increases muscle mass and strength, and can be detected easily.

Some drugs are banned by law, particularly for the use of sportspersons. Others are available on prescription legally even though the use of performance enhancing drugs is widely seen as unfair. Apart from damaging the athlete’s body, the use of steroids is dangerous and has diminished the value of sportsmanship.

Way ahead

Dependence on steroids among non-athletes is also on the rise. It is an addiction for many, especially among men who want to create an “alpha male” image. To achieve the ideal body type or fight aging, steroid use has led to muscle dysmorphia or reverse anorexia in a number of cases. It is disturbing to know that steroids are getting into the hands of so many people, including adolescent. There are people in the society who are struggling to break free from the addiction-relapse cycle.

The Anaheim Drug Treatment Rehab Center is committed to help those struggling with addiction, be it of steroids or any substance. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction, us today at 714-589-2811 to speak with a professional about treatment centers in your area.

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