Increased educational resources are available to at least certain age groups and are now reaching larger numbers of children. The percentage of pre-adolescent athletes who have heard of steroids has increased significantly from 78% in 1989 to 88% in the current survey (p<.05). In 1989, only 50% of respondents had had steroid side effects explained to them. This significantly increased to 64% in the current study (p<.05). Currently, 60% of respondents felt that steroids, even if used carefully, would still harm the athlete compared to 56% in 1989 (p<.05). Furthermore, 65% currently consider steroid use a drug problem compared to 57% in 1989 (p<.05).
Despite all positive effects of doping on the body they could be dangerous. Possible side effects of anabolic steroids can be avoided by choosing the right form (oral or injectable) and combination as well as by taking reasonable androgenic dosages. It has to be mentioned, that the most side effects of drugs disappear after the cycle is completed. Moreover, many of them can be blocked during the cycle by using respective supplements. Therefore, in order to avoid possible negative consequences one shall pay attention to studying information about the drugs prior to use them.