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Alhambra High School Coaches Fired After Players Given Performance Enhancers (Creatine)
CBS Los Angeles ^ | July 11, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 07/12/2013 11:40:43 AM PDT by rarestia

Alhambra High School officials have dismissed the institution’s football coaching staff after it emerged players had been given nutritional supplement Creatine to enhance their performance on the field.

Head coach Chuck Leonardis told the Pasadena Star News seven players had been given the organic acid by his staff after the students had asked about it.

Athletic director Jerry DeSantis confirmed the school was “in the process of a coaching change”.

Leonardis denied doing anything wrong.

He said players were given “extremely low dosages” of Creatine, which is naturally synthesized in the human body for muscle use. He also said he asked students to alert their parents.

“We were very up front and did not recommend it. We had the kids talk to their parents. It’s a legal over-the-counter supplement and we did not break any school rules,” Leonardis said.

Principal Duane Russell announced the decision after a parent who was not notified complained, according to the Star News.

The outlet reports Leonardis had been appointed to the position in December after his predecessor, Joe Kanach, was fired mid-season for alleged misconduct.

The school’s football season is scheduled to kick off August 30.

Officials expect to announce Leonardis’ replacement before that time.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: highschoolfootball; sports
What the hopping Hell? Creatine? I can buy the stuff in bulk from the local GNC.
1 posted on 07/12/2013 11:40:43 AM PDT by rarestia
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To: rarestia

Furthermore, it’s a naturally-occurring amino acid. It helps to increase the hydrostatic pressure limit of muscle cells, thus increasing the “pump” you can get while staving off the “burn” from lactic acid build up.

I used the stuff for years, and if used properly, it’s a great booster for weight training when you’ve hit your plateau.


2 posted on 07/12/2013 11:42:29 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

Exactly.

It’s not really a performance enhancer as much as it allows for faster recovery.


3 posted on 07/12/2013 11:43:55 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: rarestia

Creatine is one product that people have tried to trash but failed miserably. Hell fish oil has more side affects.


4 posted on 07/12/2013 11:44:43 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: rarestia

I think the issue is they didn’t require written permission from the parents


5 posted on 07/12/2013 11:45:54 AM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: rarestia

I’m a Moor - class of 76, dear old dad was class 40.


6 posted on 07/12/2013 11:46:08 AM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: reed13k

That would be a reasonable conclusion.

A letter sent home, explaining what creatine does and getting permission for their child to use it should have been the first step.


7 posted on 07/12/2013 11:47:47 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: rarestia

I thought it said Alabama High School.


8 posted on 07/12/2013 11:49:03 AM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: atc23

My son starting college baseball this year uses it. Strong as an ox too, will by far be the strongest new player coming in. What the heck. Good stuff.

I got my 16 year old on it he’s close to 6’5” and only about 170. That and as much milk as he can stomach.


9 posted on 07/12/2013 11:49:45 AM PDT by techworker
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To: rarestia
Alhambra High School Coaches Fired After Players Given Performance Enhancers (Creatine)

Ok, but if the schools gives girls the MORNING AFTER PILL it is ok...what is wrong with the school!!!

High school football is almost as bad as college football.

10 posted on 07/12/2013 11:50:01 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Ben Carson/Rand Paul in 2016)
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To: rarestia

Sobe puts in it energy drinks...


11 posted on 07/12/2013 11:55:40 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: rarestia
School could easily lose a law suit.

There is no legal or scientific basis for this action.

I have my own issues w creatine and understand why many pro-sport locker-rooms ban it.

It builds the muscle, but not the connective tissue.
The result is torn tendons and 3 months to heal.

12 posted on 07/12/2013 11:58:26 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

All things remotely masculine are bad and evil.

Somehow “creatine” is masculine. Not sure how, but it is.


13 posted on 07/12/2013 12:01:33 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Dole are sure losers. No more!)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

parents should beat the crap outta them


14 posted on 07/12/2013 12:03:00 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: reed13k
"I think the issue is they didn’t require written permission from the parents."

But in many school districts, schools can whisk students off for abortions without parental notification.
15 posted on 07/12/2013 12:05:32 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: atc23

My alma mater Whittier High used to be in the Pacific League, along with Alhambra High, so I saw the Cardinals take on the Moors on two occasions. Whittier left to join the newly-created Whitmont League in 1968. Two years earlier, we had a good football team quarterbacked by future USC star Bob Chandler, but El Rancho in Pico Rivera dominated the league—their 1966 team was arguably the best high school football team in the nation that year.

At the time, my mother was teaching English at El Rancho. She also taught English and journalism at Mark Keppel in Alhambra during the late 1940’s.


16 posted on 07/12/2013 12:06:28 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: rarestia

What a load of crap. Creatine is legal and can be bought anywhere. This is equivalent to comparing Gatorade as performance enhancer.


17 posted on 07/12/2013 12:20:03 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: KC_Conspirator

I sure wish my son’s football coach would “give” him some creatine because it is expensive to purchase LOL!!


18 posted on 07/12/2013 12:21:30 PM PDT by happyhomemaker (Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Rom 12:12)
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To: rarestia

I coached 3 seasons of high school baseball and the only thing I tried to give those kids was the benefit of my experience with the game.

Alhambra’s coach had no right to give them anything related to chemical “performance enhancement”. That they’re moving him out, I believe, is the right decision.


19 posted on 07/12/2013 12:27:41 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: onedoug

bump


20 posted on 07/12/2013 12:31:47 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: atc23

I’m sorry. But the card says “Moops.”


21 posted on 07/12/2013 12:38:47 PM PDT by Alex in chains
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To: onedoug

Well I am fine with what you are saying as far as being a coach trying to do this for players, if that is a line that can’t be crossed with anything else, then yes fire them.

However if they are allowed to administer anything else but figured they should crack down because it was creatine then of course they are dumb-asses.


22 posted on 07/12/2013 12:39:36 PM PDT by techworker
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To: onedoug

Bad coaches.


23 posted on 07/12/2013 2:44:00 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: rarestia

Creatine is not a drug, it’s a supplement.
Might as well criminalize protein shakes.
Idiots.


24 posted on 07/12/2013 2:46:49 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: onedoug

How about Gatorade?


25 posted on 07/12/2013 2:48:31 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (When America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Fiji Hill

MKHS ‘66

CC


26 posted on 07/12/2013 6:16:41 PM PDT by Captain Compassion
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To: Balding_Eagle

If they brought it onto the field themselves for hydration purposes. Heck, I did too. And if anyone was taking any “performance enhancers” at home, there’s little I could do about that unless I noticed some (likely negative) trend in a player’s overall demeanor. But I certainly would never have provided it for them.

I was asked about a lot of things (Vietnam fascinated them endlessly), and I always tried to be as forthright as I could with them.

I told them marijuana use at height of their brain development was destructively bad and that if they had to smoke it they should wait until they were twenty-five or so, and then see how they felt about it.

I was proud of them that they at least seemed as close to the straight and narrow as the “typical” modern high school environment would yield.

And they made me fee like a kid again, which at 63, was as great as the rest of it put together.

I’d like to coach again when we move to SC. They’re just about going into eighth grade now. I’ll try hard to be ready.


27 posted on 07/12/2013 6:20:00 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: G Larry
It builds the muscle, but not the connective tissue.

Wow... were you a power lifter? I used it for regular building of mass, but I also took Yoga, Tae Kwon Do, did regular calisthenics, and ran 10-15 miles a week. In over 5 years of using creatine, the worst problem I had was headaches from poor water consumption (waste removal).

If you don't take a whole-body approach to weight training, you will absolutely get hurt. I wasn't trying to bulk up for a competition or show, and I maintained a healthy regimen of heavy weight training combined with flexibility and cardiovascular exercise to maintain systemic health.

I know too many young guys who try to beef up into mega men only to be sidelined by massive injuries such as you describe. Best example: working show muscles (traps, pecs, abdominals, biceps, anterior and medial deltoid heads, quads) while ignoring their supporting and partnering muscles (lats, inguinals, glutes, triceps, posterior deltoid and rhomboid, hamstrings).

28 posted on 07/13/2013 4:16:14 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Captain Compassion

I knew AHS cheated.


29 posted on 08/24/2013 10:20:38 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Kill Obamacare not wound it.)
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To: Mike Darancette

Are they still called “The Moores” or do they have a more PC name?

CC


30 posted on 08/25/2013 7:46:22 AM PDT by Captain Compassion
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To: rarestia
Isn't there some way for coaches to dose players with performance enhancing products without telling anyone, including the players?

There's like a chemical witch hunt going on out there.

31 posted on 08/25/2013 7:52:09 AM PDT by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: Captain Compassion

Still the Moors.


32 posted on 08/25/2013 11:04:30 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Kill Obamacare not wound it.)
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To: Mike Darancette

Guess you can’t really dis’ 15th century scum.

CC


33 posted on 08/25/2013 3:43:15 PM PDT by Captain Compassion
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