I was stunned and shocked as I read the headline article on the sports page of the Deseret News about what coaches are doing to high school youths in the name of "win at any cost."

Alta's coach chuckles as his kids build massive bodies with veins larger than a lot of people's actual muscles - what a self-serving ego trip. The questions may arise, what is really happening in this abnormal bodybuilding process and what are the possible terminal results on the bodies and minds of kids who are driven to win at any cost? Bodybuilding supplements can and very often do become highly addictive, both physically and psychologically. Kids begin to depend on them, and the idea that they can't do their best without them becomes the driving force in these youngsters' lives. The idea that "I must be the best at any cost, and I don't care how I get there," can, in time, physically and psychologically harm kids.In time, all youths reach a peak of growth and body structure. This is usually done normally through weight lifting, exercise and an excellent diet. Or it may be done abnormally by taking creatine, steroids or other drugs that force the body to extreme levels of growth and can become addictive. When this peak is reached abnormally, it results in the need to increase the dosage or turn to more powerful drugs to satisfy the psychological and physical dependence.

Anyone who would gamble in any way with the lives of youths in the name of "win at any cost" should dig deep into his or her conscience and put the welfare of youth first and foremost. We, as a society, can't afford not to.

Dale J. Harding