By Kelsey Kennedy, Producer/Digital Journalist - email
WHEELING, W.Va -
Major League Baseball has suspended its highest-paid player for his alleged involvement in the sport's biggest doping scandal ever. Alex Rodriguez denies those claims, citing multiple surgeries as the reason for taking the drugs.
Michael D. Myers is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at OVMC. He recently worked as a team physician for the Cincinnati Reds, and he says performance enhancing drugs are usually designed to decrease fatigue, and increase endurance and strength.
Narcotics are rarely prescribed to Major League Baseball players. According to Dr. Myers, they are only used for post-operative pain control. He says it's not likely that the performance enhancing drugs Rodriguez allegedly used were prescribed after surgery.
"I highly doubt it," he says. "We do hip arthroscopy, which is what AROD had, so it's not likely that he received those for post-operative control of pain with the hip arthroscopy."
Performance enhancing drugs can cause a multitude of problems in teens and young adults. They can alter muscular development and cause enlarged features. In adults, they can cause serious cardiac problems. Long term effects of abusing performance enhancing drugs are yet to be determined, but Myers predicts doctors will be seeing more of them soon.
Doctor Myers is a Moundsville native, and now has offices at OVMC and in St. Clairsville.