The use of steroids is nothing new to the world. Since the time of the Greek Olympics athletes have been using performance enhancing drugs in order to heighten their athletic performance. In 1886 the 1st person to die due to performance enhancing drugs was a French cyclist. He took a speed-ball, a mix of cocaine and heroin, which eventually killed him. Physicians in the 20's ran tests on athletes by inserting monkey testicles into male athletes to help boost their vitality. Adolf Hitler supposedly administered the hormone testosterone to himself and his troops in order to increase aggressiveness. In 1953 the first anabolic steroid was introduced. It had five times more strength building effects than natural hormones. In the 1960's the IOC (International Olympic Committee) started to ban performance enhancing drugs due to their popular use. At the 1976 summer games in Montreal, the IOC initiated the first testing for steroids. Today testing is done routinely on the collegiate and international level. The USOC (United States Olympic Committee) can suspend an athlete for up to two years if caught using steroids. Repeat offenders may be suspended from competing on the Olympic level for life. The NCAA does year round testing regardless if the athlete is in season or not. Selected teams are notified two days in advance of being tested, and 18 players are tested at that time. Positive testing results in a one year suspension of the student athlete.
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