The Impact of Performance Enhancing Drugs on Sports Essay
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The Impact of Performance Enhancing Drugs on Sports
One of the major issues in the news recently has been the use of performance enhancing substances in sports. This topic has been the subject of many front-page headlines in many publications, from sports magazines to newspapers. A recent scandal involving a San Francisco Bay Area laboratory, BALCO Laboratories, has brought this issue to the forefront, and it's really gotten a lot of attention because this case has led to a 42 count federal indictment by the U.S. Attorney General. Another question can be asked as well: Should these performance-enhancing substances be allowed in sports?
First of all, what exactly are performance-enhancing substances? They are just what they…show more content…
Late that summer, a bottle of androstenedione, a steroid that is produced by the body but is considered a banned substance by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, was found in McGwire?s locker. Because Major League Baseball did not consider androstenedione a banned substance, he could use it without penalty, but questions were raised about the legitimacy of any records he may have set. The other problem regarding androstenedione is the lack of testing that has been performed on it.
The Problems with Steroids
What are the problems with steroid use? First, one needs to understand why steroids are used to begin with. The main reason why athletes take steroids, as mentioned above, is to increase muscle mass and endurance while training for or participating in a sport. One might ask, ?Don?t they test athletes to make sure they don?t use them?? In some cases, sports agencies do. For example, the United States Olympic Committee, in their publication Selected National Anti-Doping Policies, they list when tests are to be administered and what the regulations are for each type of drug and for each sport. However, the problem that faces drug testers are what are known as designer drugs, or drugs that are made to avoid showing up on a drug test. What is an even bigger problem is how easy it is to modify substances normally found in the body into a substance that can be
Athletes that are in sports should not be allowed to consume steroids. Or if they are consuming steroids they should not be allowed to play sports. When athletes use steroids they have the advantage of many things. For example, athletes have the advantage of doing better when doing their plays and/or when they are against there opponent. This is a disadvantage to the athletes that do not consume steroids. Let’s say that two athletes are competing, one does consume steroids and the other one doesn’t, who will win? It will more than likely be the athlete consuming steroids. This would be because the steroids are anabolic and make people stronger and energetic. An athlete on steroids is obviously going to be much faster than the one that does not.
Steroid use should be avoided not also because it gives disadvantage to other athletes but also because they destroy the human body. When a person is consuming steroids it does not dramatically change your body immediately. It does make you look built and strong but it also has negative effect to the human body. Steroid use has different effects on women than men. The women using steroids will begin to have facial hair growth. Yet that is not all!!! They will just not be growing facial hair; their chest will also decrease its size. The chest affect will be the opposite for men than the women. The men’s chest will begin to increase, but at the same time their lower privates will begin to decrease.
In my opinion steroids is not a good thing to be consuming when it comes to sports. It just will not be a disadvantage to those athletes that do not consume them but it will also make negative effects to the human body. The effects that it will do to the human body can be a permanent damage to the human body. If an athlete was consuming steroids and had a great performance and later on the news found out that they were consuming steroids. It could affect the athlete’s carrier, most of the fans will think that the athlete has a bad reputation and can even get kicked off of the team. Which this would be bad for their carrier.