When we think of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) the first drugs that come to mind are Anabolic Steroids, Human Growth Hormones (HGH) and Androstenedione (Andro). Illegal stimulants such as Adderall are generally at the bottom of everyone’s list, but many consider it to be the new, trendy PED of the NFL.
On today, the Miami Dolphins announced that defensive end, Dion Jordan has been suspended for the 2015 season by the National Football League (NFL) for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. It is reported that Jordan provided a diluted urine sample and presently isn’t appealing the suspension. Jordan was suspended for 4 games last season for the use of Adderall and an additional 2 games for violating the NFL’s drug policy.
People immediately associate Adderall with those suffering from ADHD. According to NFL.com, Adderall is known as a popular study drug among college students, and that trend has leaked into the realm of professional sports. It is classified by the NFL as a performance-enhancing drug and as a drug of abuse. Discipline depends on which policy a player is being tested under. Adderall also is banned by Major League Baseball, the NBA, Major League Soccer, the NCAA and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which regulates Olympic sports.
The primary benefits for athletes abusing Adderall: increased alertness, aggressiveness, attention and concentration. Also Adderall improves reaction time, especially if someone is suffering from fatigue. The downside is that too much Adderall can cause rhythm disturbances in the heart and seizures.
There are advantages and consequences from the use of PEDs. Although Jordan may never suffer the physical repercussions from Adderall abuse, he will certainly suffer financially.
According to Fox Sports, The Dolphins could release Jordan after his suspension is over, as his signing-bonus guarantees are voided. That’s a very high price to pay for whatever competitive advantages he expected from the use of PEDs.