Last updated on: 10/22/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

American Academy of Pediatrics Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“1. The intentional use of performance enhancement is unfair, and therefore morally and ethically indefensible.

2. The use of any substance for the purpose of enhancing sports performance, the composition and quality of which are not under federal regulation, may pose a significant health risk to a young person.
3. The use and promotion of performance-enhancing substances tends to devalue the principles of a balanced diet, good coaching and sound physical training.”

“AAP Condemns Use of Performance-Enhancing Substances,” www.aap.org, Apr. 4, 2005

Description:

“The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) was founded in June 1930 by 35 pediatricians who met in Detroit in response to the need for an independent pediatric forum to address children’s needs. When the AAP was established, the idea that children have special developmental and health needs was a new one. […]
The AAP’s activities and programs are funded through a wide variety of sources including membership dues, revenues from continuing medical education activities and publications, and unrestricted support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies.”

“AAP Fact Sheet,” www.aap.org (accessed Oct. 21, 2008)

Mission:

“The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.”

“AAP Fact Sheet,” www.aap.org (accessed Oct. 21, 2008)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. What Are Performance Enhancing Drugs?