To No One’s Surprise, NCAA Says Lacrosse Players Use Drugs the Most Among Student Athletes

by 6 years ago

A new survey published today from the NCAA claims male lacrosse players led all other 23 sanctioned sports in the use of amphetamines, anabolic steroids, cocaine, marijuana, and “other” narcotics (… crystal meth?). In fact, compared to other sports, men’s lacrosse is at the top of the food chain in drug consumption “by a wide margin” among specific teams.

According to the study of 20,474 athletes during the 2009 school year, nearly 50% used marijuana, ahead of soccer players at 29.4%, wrestlers at 27.7%, football players at 26.7%, and men’s basketball players at 22%. Some 9.7% of lacrosse players are tooting yayo off-field compared to 3.8% of ice hockey players and 3.7 percent of wrestlers. But hey, does that really surprise anyone?

A few other factoids from the survey, via Bloomberg:

Lacrosse players reported the most narcotics use, with 10.8 percent claiming they used them in the previous year, ahead of wrestlers at 6 percent and football players at 4 percent. Men’s basketball players were 10th at 1.6 percent.

Alcohol use by lacrosse players (95.0 percent) was topped by ice hockey players (95.5 percent), with golfers third at 90.9 percent. Football players were ninth at 82.9 percent and men’s basketball players 10th at 74.5 percent.

Lacrosse players finished second to golfers in the use of cigarettes, with 32.2 percent saying they had smoked in the previous 12 months, compared to 33.3 percent of golfers. Tennis finished third at 22.6 percent.

“Lacrosse : A lot of those skills are universal.”


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