N.J. may require more steroid testing, education

Top young athletes in New Jersey are already tested for steroids. Legislation ready for Gov. Chris Christie’s signature would take things a step further.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association began random steroid testing eight years ago for student athletes who qualify to compete in championship tournaments. Only one student tested positive last year.

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle’s legislation would require that testing by law and would also demand all high school coaches and athletic directors go through a steroid education and prevention program.

“This bill is more than random testing,” said Huttle, D-Bergen. “This is about education and awareness, and I’m hoping that it promotes a campaign that we change the culture of the kids, that they’re able to understand the real risks and the detriments of it.”

If Christie signs the bill into law, high school coaches would be required to incorporate healthy alternatives for strength building into their training programs.

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