So does this mean the system is working?
The UIL released its spring anabolic steroid testing results today, and among the 3,308 tests conducted across the state from January to May, not a single student-athlete tested positive. And while that's the good news, there's still the arguably bad news regarding the cost to test so many athletes.
In 2008-09, the first year of the state-mandated random testing, the UIL spent $6 million to test 45,193 student-athletes and found 19 testing positive. If we double that figure to represent the second year, that's $12 million for what, at most, is three dozen positive tests. That's $333,333 to find one positive test. Whew. That possibly represents three dozen lives saved, but oh that cost.
Here's the rest of the data from the spring testing period:
Number of schools where tests were conducted: 207
Number of boys tested: 2,092 boys representing 11 sports
Number of girls tested: 1,216 girls representing 10 sports.
Breakdown of tests conducted by grade and gender:
9th grade - females: 375, males: 609
10th grade - females: 374, males: 562
11th grade - females: 313, males: 551
12th grade - females: 154, males: 370
Breakdown of tests conducted by sport:
A multi-sport athlete will be represented more than once in this list. Therefore, the individual sport numbers will differ from the total number of athletes tested.
Male basketball: 176
Male cross country: 41
Male golf: 40
Male soccer: 209
Male swimming: 29
Male tennis: 77
Male track & field: 59
Male wrestling: 56
Male multi-sport: 682
Total Male: 2,107
Female basketball: 105
Female cross county: 20
Female golf: 29
Female soccer: 166
Female softball: 143
Female swimming: 40
Female tennis: 87
Female track & field: 81
Female volleyball: 123
Female multi-sport: 405
Total Females: 1,199