A survey on knowledge and attitudes towards the use of steroids in youth who exercise in fitness centers was conducted in a national sample of fitness centers in Israel. A total of 528 participants aged 13-18 years completed the questionnaire. Fitness centers were chosen by cluster samples. Forty five percent of the respondents believe that the use of steroids improves physical fitness and 41% believe that most well-known athletes use steroids. Ten percent of respondents believe that the use of steroids is popular among young people in gym centers. Overall, 7% stated that they tended to use steroids and a significantly lower percentage were aware of the side effects of steroids. The role of the physician is essential to identify the patients at risk, to deliver accurate information, to minimize harm and to follow-up. There is also a need for health education in schools, fitness centers and the community, concerning the use of steroids among young people.
|State||Published - May 2004|
- Physical fitness