A Brief History Of Anabolic Steroids

The story of anabolic steroids begins almost a century ago (at some point in the 1930‘s) long before the term steroid was a part of main stream culture.

As the story goes, scientists in the 30’s were able to achieve a remarkable feat in that they created a form of testosterone that was synthetic in its makeup. Testosterone is a male hormone and the synthetic version was developed to help men whose bodies were unable to produce enough on their own to produce normal growth patterns. It was also a goal of the synthetic creation to treat developmental and sexual dysfunctions.

Further ahead in the twentieth century, it was discovered that the newly created synthetic substance was effective in treating soldiers during World War II who suffered from malnourishment.

Post war, steroids became popular with athletes as a method of enhancing performance and accelerating muscle growth. For example in the Olympics of 1956, wrestling athletes in the former Soviet Union were witnessed performing at extraordinarily high levels.

It was research and evaluation on those steroid uses that lead an American physician Dr. Zeigler to develop some of the world’s first anabolic version of testosterone. These were a more selective and focused form of the original steroid.

As time went on and steroids became more sophisticated and effective, their popularity grew. Between the 1950’s and 1970’s use of anabolic steroids was popular not just among Olympic athletes but also professional and amateur sports players alike.

The use of steroids by Olympic athletes was short lived as in the mid-1970’s, the International Olympic Committee formally banned all forms of steroids from use by Olympic athletes during Olympic competition. Eventually in the early 90’s, all uses of anabolic steroids in professional and amateur sports were banned.

Federal regulation of anabolic steroids went into effect in the 1980’s and they were formally regulated by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act which provided for steep penalties for the possession, use, and sale of steroids. In the early 90’s, the United States Congress passed the Anabolic Steroid Enforcement Act which classified particular anabolic steroids as a Schedule III controlled substance. Before this point in time, steroids (in any form) were not governed by any laws or regulations.

Anabolic steroids are also popular among people as young as high school students. Those kids attempting to stand out in crowded public school sports programs are often susceptible to the allure of steroid use and the quick results it can bring.

Fast forward to the turn of the millennium and steroids are still in use although under heavy government restrictions. They are most commonly used by physicians to treat a wide range of illnesses from something as common as allergic reactions to chronic lung infections and heart issues.

Illicit sales of steroids are still prevalent today. Their widespread use in sports has been curtailed however it is still an issue among Olympic and professional sports personalities. Steroids offer a form of short cut to building muscle mass faster and achieving superior performance levels more quickly than the competition.