Joined: Jan. 2006
We do have some basis for suspicion here. Steroids permit the development of muscular power independent of the ability of bones, ligaments, tendons etc. to accomodate that power. The result has been frequent injuries very slow and difficult to heal, even after surgery.
Steroid use also has been very strongly linked with other health issues, and heavy users have an abysmal life expectancy. But these observations apply to people who used a LOT of steroids for a long time.
I myself have used steroids. I tend to suffer occasional (every 3-4 years) bursitis in my shoulders. Usually, I can counter this with regular workouts with small (10-pound) weights, daily. When these workouts don't lead to improvement, I've taken "cocktail" injections in my shouder - anti-inflammatories, steroids, pain killers. Works great. I've had three of these in my life.
In sports, overuse of steroids is a deal with the devil, as we've seen. You'll get one or two seasons of *astounding* performance. After which, you'll suffer a debilitating and perhaps career-ending injury, and later you'll die young. Was it worthwhile?
Imagine a drug (or whatever) that you could take at the age of 20, that would make you irresistable to any woman. But after 5 years, you'd be a vegetable. Would you do it? Would you think well, I'll only do it THIS year, then stop?