There’s been quite a buzz lately regarding Caio Terra’s comments about BJJ athletes and steroids. The more money from sponsors, seminars, and name recognition an athlete receives, the more likely the athlete will use steroids to keep or attain that level of money and recognition. Testing is not final solution. The NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL all test for steroids AND athletes still use.
There’s a ton of misinformation and anecdotal evidence about the ill affects of steroids. Anabolic steroids are used everyday in hospitals and doctor’s offices across the globe and there is no scientific evidence people are getting cancer, growing extra limbs or dropping dead.
Yes, it’s illegal but maybe that is the problem. Why not legalize it and allow athletes to use it under the supervision of medical professional? I’m not suggesting steroids can’t be harmful if abused. But maybe – just maybe – steroids are not the bogeyman they’re made out to be.