Your Health: Performance-Enhancing Drugs and Teen Athletes


Professional athletes are not the only ones taking performance-enhancing drugs to gain a competitive edge. High school athletes are also experimenting with anabolic steroids and other banned substances.

Brian Perez, executive director of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center’s Powered by ME! program, and Dr. William Howard, a sports medicine specialist with the University of Maryland Medical System, discuss how the Powered by ME! program educates high school athletes in Maryland about the dangers of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Brian Perez, MS, LAT, ATC
Executive Director, Powered by ME!
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

William H.B. Howard, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery and Orthopaedics
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Physician
University of Maryland Medical System (UM Sports Medicine)