Athletes Trading Health for Money, or Not

Did you ever wonder what it’s like to be  a famous, wealthy athlete–always covered in the news for your latest records and victories? I’m sure the glamour of the lifestyle is sometimes offset by daily life challenges and then there’s the big one: what pressures are there to compete with the all star, cream of the crop 24/7?

How many times are they offered steroids and other drugs to beef up their bodies and their performance? One only has to google the long term effects of steroids and find out all of the debilitating effects from depression to joint problems to impotence and sterility. That should be enough to drive any young person running in the opposite direction!

But the money and recognition for using steroids and other drugs is be a very strong motivator for so many athletes, pulling in athletes from the pros, college, and high school.There’s even web sites promoting steroids and arguing that they’re not all that dangerous…they claim it’s just a trick of the media to instill fear.

I’m not someone who follows professional sports, but  I happened to read a few articles this week highlighting the choices athletes make every day amidst the pressure to stay competitive and continue to perform at their peak. One was about Joe Torre and interviews about his new book The Yankee Years, covering his long history as Manager of the Yankees. The subject of steroids has come up big time! As Joe said in a Larry King interview,  ”In regards to steroids, I think we’re all to blame, all of baseball. I never realized how far reaching this problem has been.”

And what cost do these athletes bear with their choice of drugs? I found the  site today featuring the foundation that one father began to respond to his son’s suicide after 3 years on steroids. Teaching kids there’s another choice. Typical to many teenagers striving to get to the top of the athletic ladder, his teenage son was trying to bulk up to be more competitive, when the long-term use of the drug took him down.

Then there’s “A-Rod”, Alex Rodriguez, a New York Yankee player who everyone in the sports world knows lots about. He kept his drug use under wraps for years.  He recently was interviewed by ESPN and apologized profusely for the years of misrepresenting himself and the serious mistakes he’d made for being naive and in giving in to the seduction of the drugs as a Texas ranger between 2001 and 2003.

He was giving himself injections, not knowing if he was even doing it right or if it was safe. Even, President Obama has jumped in with a comment on the news from Rodriguez: ”. . .if you’re a fan of Major League Baseball, I think it tarnishes an entire era, to some degree,” Obama said. “And it’s unfortunate, because I think there were a lot of ballplayers who played it straight.” Now Rodriguez, to make amends for his mistakes has decided to join the Hooton foundation to educate youth about anabolic steroids.

Contrast all of this news with a press release about Nancy Lieberman who has played it straight and who at age 50 came back to play in the finals of the Detroit Shock last year and last week  in the McDonald’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Friday, Feb. 13, on the winning East team.From  a press release on Febuary 17, “To make sure I was ready for the game, I stay in good shape with physical exercise, training and proper dietary supplementation with Mannatech products like BounceBack™ capsules, CardioBALANCE® heart care formula, Optimal Support Packets, SPORT™ capsules and ImmunoSTART® chewables that help me achieve and maintain optimal wellness.”

Lieberman is the youngest basketball player in Olympic history to win a medal, a three-time college all-American and inductee in the Basketball Hall of Fame. She is also a member of the Team Mannatech program, a group of 195 athletes worldwide who utilize cutting-edge training techniques and proper nutrition while serving as educators preserving the integrity of sports competition and the health of all athletes.

“We are proud to have Nancy as part of our team and cheered her on as we watched her play and win last Friday,” said former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Butch Johnson, Mannatech’s senior director of community affairs and sports marketing. “Her accomplishments on and off the court and her dedication to health and nutrition make her the ideal role model for today’s wellness generation. We couldn’t be happier for her and look forward to her continued success.”

The Team Mannatech program aggressively supports the World Anti-Doping agency through its dedication to preserving the integrity of sports competition and health of all athletes. Mannatech products are formulated without any of the 4,000 substances banned by the International Olympic Committee’s 2009 world anti-doping list.

There’s always a choice in every moment. Choose for your well-being or pay many prices! 


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