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Steroids/Supplements

All VHSL member schools are encouraged to promote amongst their coaches and student athletes an awareness of the dangers of using steroids and other performance enhancing substances and to undertake the development of a public position against their use.  Consistent with the Code of Virginia, a student who is a member of a school athletic team shall be ineligible for two years to compete in interscholastic athletics if it is determined by the school principal and division superintendent that the student used anabolic steroids during the training period immediately preceding or during the sport season of the athletic team, unless such steroid was prescribed by a licensed physician for a medical condition. (VHSL Handbook 27-15-1(9))


Listed below are some resources related to the dangers of anabolic steroids and supplements.

Anabolic Steroids - Hidden Dangers (Mar 2008)

Steroid Abuse by School Age Children - A Guide for Parents and School Officials (Mar 2004)

Steroid Abuse in Today's Society (Mar 2004)

Play Healthy DrugFree.org

NFHS Statement on Supplements (2012)

NFHS Statement on Energy Drinks (2011)

NFHS Statement on Steroid Use (2012)


Additional Information on Steroids & Supplements

Taylor Hooton Foundation

Mayo Clinic

Kids Health for Parents

American Academy of Pediatrics

National Institute on Drug Abuse