Girls and women who participate in sport gain health benefits for life including increased self-esteem, lower risk of certain cancers, and lower incidence of health risk behaviors.

Drugs – Illegal and Banned Substances

The Women’s Sports Foundation urges sport leaders to take strong positions in favor of drug-free sports. International governing bodies of sports should impose bans on international sports participation by those nations in which institutionalized use of performance-enhancing drugs has been demonstrated.

Illegal and Banned Substances: The Foundation Position (pdf)

Athletes and Drug Use

Taking any illegal or banned substance which alters the normal functioning of the mind or body for the purpose of enhancing athletic performance is a decision to cheat, endanger one’s health and encourages others to cheat.

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