Steroids are commonly used by bodybuilders and athletes of all levels. You will find steroids in High School sports, steroids in baseball, steroids in football, and, of course, steroids in the olympic games. All these sports, and many more others, use anabolic steroids in one form or another. DO NOT think that all NFL players are natural and steroid free. Even retired, they admit that at least 70% of their team used human growth hormone (HGH)!
Even though ancient athletes used herbs and certain foods (such as meat) to gain their performance, anabolic steroids were first known to be used at the 1954 World Weightlifting Championships by the Soviets. The Olympic athletes from the United States followed them soon as well. At this time the use of steroids was forbidden by the Olympic committees. As soon as athletes started being “revealed” using steroids, they and their counterparts started developing ways to by the bans and so the battle began. By the end of the 20th century, steroid use was banned in almost every sport, but still widely used.
Surveys have shown that approximately four to six percent of high school athletes have used steroids and anabolic steroids at some point. This percentage seems to have been actual for the past twenty years (Center for Disease Control and Prevention study) meaning that use is neither as widespread as some media outlets imply nor is use by this group increasing in prevalence.
Baseball is well-known to be a sport that harbors the use of steroids as well. Because of the well-publicized “discovery” of Mark McGuire’s bottle of Adrostendione in his locker, baseball major league employed an anti-drug policy complete with steroid testing guidelines.
So, anabolic steroids are still present in sports even though the organizations do not allow them. Since ancient times people have wanted to enhance their performance to gain the prestige and power that goes along with being great at what they do.