The professionalization of Performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) will be a highly regulated aspect of sports management. No dangerous doses would be implemented, and the administration of PEDs to children will constitute as a form of abuse and exploitation. In turn, proper punishment will be administered. Moreover, children should continue heavy education into the negative effects of drug abuse, especially when it comes to PEDs.
However, it is also important to note that current statistics reported by the CDC mark that doping among children is on an upward trend. Yet, professional doping is not even in existence, so how could it be responsible? Surveys show that doping among children and teens is not executed as a way to improve their athletic ability but rather to achieve a certain masculine look. According to William Roberts, MD, president of the American Collge of Sports Medicine, "There are a lot of kids at a high school level using steroids to increase performance, but the majority of them are just trying to look better... It is not just a young person thing," Roberts says. "Look at all the plastic surgeons who are doing well. All kinds of people are nipping that and tucking this and getting implants to make their calves look better. A lot of people are dissatisfied with the way they are. Chemicals are one way to change that. Away from athletics, you see that going on everywhere."
By claiming that the professionalization and regulation of PEDs will single-handedly encourage the frequency of its use among children, the real issue is ignored. One that sees our culture perpetuate potentially harmful behavior, like over-dosing on PEDs, to attain the perfect body. Doping will not increase among children due to professionalization as intense preventative regulations will be placed in effect.
For example, these regulations will include the prescription of a non-harmful dose (under threat of losing a medical license and sports career), only those of a certain age will be prescribed, as well as other implementations like a psychiatric exam.