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P.E.D.'s (Performance Enhancing Dedication)

posted Aug 24, 2012, 9:36 AM by Steve Gill

P.E.D.’s (Performance Enhancing Dedication)


Well we woke to the news today that Lance Armstrong, 7 time Tour de France winner, has given up his fight against the USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency).  This could result in him being stripped of his 7 Tour de France Titles.  The man that became the face of survival for cancer and pure endurance, may have used a banned substance to give him a physical edge over his competition.  Some will argue that everyone does it, he just happened to be too successful and was singled out.  Perhaps.

Last week, two major league players were suspended for 50 games each for their use of P.E.D.’s.  One of which went to great lengths to disguise and discredit his guilt.

So as a Parent, Coach and Mentor how do you explain these revelations to your child?

Well for one, relax, this is an easy one.

First, explain exactly what a P.E.D. is, it is a manufactured supplement for someone to use get stronger and recover faster for their respective competition.  Some of these P.E.D.’s that the athletes use are completely safe and approved.  The reason that these particular athletes are in trouble is that they used substances that have been deemed to be unsafe and more importantly non-approved.

Folks, shocker here, Gatorade is a performance enhancing drug.  Protein bars are a performance enhancing drug.  Flintstones chewable vitamins are a performance enhancing drug. 

So this leads me to my title, Performance Enhancing Dedication.  1 Corinthians 9:24-27 says:

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Tireless dedication to our children and their development is a daily task.  It certainly is not for the faint of heart and it certainly doesn’t end when we as coaches run a 1 hour practice.  We must first teach our kids that dedication is more than coming to the field and playing a game.  Their daily lives require dedication to our God, their family, their friends and their own perception of themselves.  This carries over to the field with their teammates and their opponents.  So explaining to them the difference between taking a "miracle" supplement to help them to be better player or hard work to be a better person is a critical component to our coaching. Training hard on the diamond and at home with the support of God and family will take them much further in their lives and keep them physically healthy.

The A.R.T. of Baseball is the core of what we are trying to do here: Attitude, Respect, Teamwork.  Now, that is a P.E.D. that many professional athletes and everyday people should be taking…