Anabolic steroids are certain derivatives of the male hormone testosterone. The anabolic nature of testosterone is the main reason that males develop more muscle mass than females. Those who take steroids typically hope to stimulate muscular growth and increase in strength.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
The ACSM has delivered a position statement regarding the use of steroids. In essence the statement concludes that there is no conclusive scientific evidence that steroids either hinder or aid performance. There are however, potential dangers to taking steroids including liver disorders.
The full position statement can be found at the ACSM site on the WWW at:
Steroids are a dangerous drug with serious side effects. Information found in many fitness publications or personal web pages may not provide accurate information about the health risks of steroids.