For some sportswomen, steroid-use can be tempting when looking for a shortcut to getting physically ready for the season. While most players know that using steroids is bad for your health, many of them don’t know exactly what steroids do to the body.

The next time you come across steroids or if your friends are using them, remember the following drastic side-effects that could end up damaging your body and your long-term health.

Steroid-use can cause:

  1. Acne
  2. Balding
  3. Increased risk of liver and heart disease
  4. Mood swings
  5. Increased aggression
  6. Suicidal thoughts
  7. Deeper voice
  8. Excessive facial and body hair growth
  9. Abnormal menstrual cycles

Our expert physiotherapist, Jessica, who has played professionally for SA’s indoor hockey team, says that using steroids is unnecessary.

“Using steroids can have serious implications and you can be banned from the sport you love,” says Jessica.

The best way to get stronger for the game is to do it the natural way; by gradually increasing your strength training.

“Working with a qualified physiotherapist, biokineticist or trainer, like we do at Spot On Treatment Centre, you can slowly increase your gym program so that you build muscle safely and without injury,” says Jessica.

Be sure to be on the lookout for teammates that are thinking about or are using steroids and make sure your team knows the dangers by sharing this information with them.