By understanding the detection times of steroids we greatly improve our odds in beating a steroid test but there are also other things to consider. Steroid testing has over the years become more comprehensive, but the manufactures of anabolic hormones seem to stay a step ahead of testing, and year after year new compounds and mixtures come out that allow the athlete to beat the test; again, recall BALCO from the early to mid-2000's. While these designer steroids continue to pop up, eventually steroid testing catches up too only to find a new designer steroid has taken its place. Then of course we have performance enhancing drugs of a non-steroidal nature that are undetectable to such testing; most notably Human Growth Hormone (HGH) a peptide hormone that is undetectable. More and more athletes are now supplementing with many of these undetectable performance enhancing drugs and beating the fight against them each and every day.
Not shortly after Roger Maris record was broken, another baseball player, Jason Giambi and various other athletes were either suspected of, or proven to have, taken anabolic steroids. Again, Congress convened a hearing, and just as they did the first time in 1990, they did not determine that steroids were a danger, but rather that the danger was more in protecting professional sports organizations. The updated statute has been updated to proscribe pro-hormones also The definition of an anabolic steroid as defined currently in the United States under (41)(A) is that "anabolic steroid" means any drug or hormonal substance, chemically and pharmacologically related to testosterone (other than estrogens , progestins, corticosteroids, and dehydroepiandrosterone (7).