Out-of-control youth steroid use to be addressed at upcoming Congress


Don Hooton, one of the nation’s most respected and well-known speakers on the subject of appearance and performance enhancing drugs (APEDs), will be one of the featured speakers at this year’s Youth Sports Congress in Orlando, Fla.
Hooton serves as president of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, the nation’s leading organization solely dedicated to educating youth and their adult influencers on the dangers of appearance and performance enhancing drugs. He founded the organization in 2004, the year following the loss of his youngest son Taylor, who died after using anabolic steroids.
This year’s Congress will be held in Orlando, Fla. on Nov. 30-Dec. 3. The Congress, held in conjunction with the Athletic Business Conference and Expo, is the preferred source of information and education for all professionals involved in youth sports. The three-day event features comprehensive educational training on innovative topics pertaining to the field of youth sports, including preventing bullying in youth sports programs, dealing with difficult parents and risk management, among others.
During Hooton’s presentation he will put the spotlight on APEDs by raising awareness about the widespread use of steroids by youngsters. He’ll explore the scope of the problem as well as many of its root causes – athletics as well as social reasons. He’ll examine the drugs that are being sold to youth, where they come from, how easy it is for kids to acquire them and how dangerous they are. Congress attendees to this session will also learn how to:
Understand the social pressures and issues our youth are facing that are leading to increased usage.
Become aware of the dangers and side effects of these drugs in order to spot a user.
Intervene and help when you suspect someone of using APEDs.
In addition to all the traditional benefits of being a Congress delegate and participating in high quality sessions like this one, attendees will also have access to several of the great Athletic Business Conference events, including the keynote sessions, welcome reception and the Expo.
Click here for more information about the Youth Sports Congress, email yscongress@nays.org or call (800) 688-KIDS (5437).

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