Skiers don’t take shortcuts
I am writing this article in response to the Roaring Sports article titled “Dangerous Doses” (in the Aspen Daily News). This article discussed dietary supplement usage among high school students, focusing specifically on the Aspen High School football team. More specifically, it focused on supplement usage for the purposes of gaining weight and becoming stronger.
As a member of the team, and one of those specifically photographed, I found this article to be misleading. For instance, the article implied that many players on the team took these supplements such as “Anabolic Halo,” and that “CelTec Hardcore” and other dietary supplements are encouraged to gain unhealthy weight, when, if fact, the majority of the football team does not take any of these supplements. The author didn’t cite anyone who doesn’t take a supplement, and the paper even included photos of some of us who do not, without mentioning that fact.
Another false implication that the article presents is that Aspen football athletes are encouraged to bulk up to play a different position. That is far from the case. Athletes are encouraged to lift weights and to get stronger not to play a position that their bodies are not cut out for, but rather to play a position at the highest level (against much larger competitors on the Western Slope) and also to prevent injury.
Regarding the comments made by Ted Keith about supplements being the “quick-fix attitude,” and “the cheaters’ way” ” we resent being associated with this comment. This is not the attitude at the Aspen High School football program, or at any Aspen High sports program. The fact is that the entire football team was in the weight room at 7 a.m. on the day the author visited. Our “Brawn at Dawn” work program is a “no shortcuts” program as Coach Sirko always says. We lift weights two days per week during the season and four days per week in the offseason, before school starts. We have noticed a significant injury reduction since the weight program was initiated.
When Kai Beech (the author of the article) and his photographer came into the weight room last week, we all thought that they were in there to write an article about our lifting program. Instead, “Dangerous Doses” was released.
“No shortcuts” should be the message ” not “dangerous doses.”
Aspen High School sophomore,
member, Aspen Skiers football team
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