Introduction I want you all to ask yourselves how far you’re willing to go to be the best at the thing you do most. For some people, the choice they must make is going to be a very big one with very real side effects. I’m sure many of you watch professional sports and the Olympics. I’m a very big fan of sports and I researched this topic because I find it incredibly interesting how far these athletes are willing to go to be the best at their craft. Although I have never done them, I passively gain knowledge about performance-enhancing drug usage in sports and the effects it has on the body every day. Today, I want to tell you all about how prevalent PED usage in sports is, why these athletes are pushed to turning to PEDs, and the risks that …show more content…
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that if a substance can make your strength, power, speed, or endurance better it’s a performance-enhancing drug. (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2005) Performance enhancing drugs can be grouped into four categories. (Steve Olivier, 1996) A. A performance-enhancing drug can be described as stimulants such as amphetamines, caffeine, and cocaine. Many of you might be thinking to yourselves “I must be a drug addict if caffeine is a performance-enhancing drug.”. Caffeine can make you more alert and less tired. This is why many people with wake up in the morning and drink a cup of coffee. Stimulants like caffeine have been used since the times of the Roman gladiators. These gladiators used them to avert fatigue and injury. (Ramlan Abdul Aziz, 2006) The use of PEDs like cocaine and caffeine were seen even in 1886 when a cyclist died during a race. The cyclist had caffeine and cocaine in their body at the time of death. (Bisk) B. The next form of a performance-enhancing drug is anabolic androgenic steroids. There are two types of steroids, anabolic, and cortisone …show more content…
“Why should I be Clark Kent, when I can be Superman?”. (Doping in Athletics documentary) This is a decision that athletes must make. They must decide that they want to be clean and be worse, or use performance-enhancing drugs and compete. A. In major league sports, athletes look for ways to be better than the competition at any cost. (Dan Levy, 2013) This can mean using performance-enhancing drugs for some athletes. When you’re competing for millions of dollars the bad side effects may not seem all that bad. A nineteen-year-old kid will do a lot for a chance at millions of dollars even risking health. (Science of steroids documentary) B. You’re a product of the people you hang around with. If your teammates are all doing performance-enhancing drugs you’re a lot more likely to be open to the idea of taking them. No one wants to feel like they’re the reason that the team is losing. Coaches can also be a reason that players would take drugs. (Dan Levy, 2013) If a coach says “You’re not going to be playing on this field unless you take these.” you’re going to have to make a choice. C. I believe the biggest reason that athletes are pushed into PED usage is everyone in here. I am talking about us as consumers. Consumers demand the best out of athletes. The athletes feel forced to provide to the consumer in any way
Human beings have always had a strong competitive nature, and many people have a inclination towards achieving fame and glory. Professional sporting events measure the great spirit, unique natural talents, and competitive nature of humans as they attempt to heroically represent the entire race. Often times humans search for the ultimate advantage in sports to put themselves above and beyond the other athletes. Unfortunately, some athletes turn to unnatural agents to supplement their own natural talents. They often ignore the side effects of the drugs and more importantly ignore the damage they do to how they are perceived and how people view the game. Athletes who use performance enhancing drugs, also known as PEDs, create a monstrous persona,
Performance-enhancement drugs are considered a violation to sporting ethics and are in contradiction of the law. Athletes use anabolic steroids to increase the mass and strength in their muscles. Studies show that, “In the 1800s, strychnine, cocaine, nitroglycerine as well as other antidotes, were used to sustain or improve an athlete’s performance” (“Steroids”). Not only do competitors’ consume these illegal drugs for performance reasons, but they also take them for pain
The use of steroids and performance enhancing drugs is a common trend that is currently fascinating athletes all over the world. Athletes who are using these drugs are damaging the sport and harming their bodies at the same time. Seeking a greater athletic physique and ability, athletes turned to the use of steroids. Once the dangers and possible health risks arose, athletes then turned to performance enhancers. Two specific supplements have taken the sports world by storm and now are being used by athletes of all ages. They are androstenedione and creatine. It took years until people began to understand how dangerous steroids really were. These performance enhancers, like androstenedione and creatine are going to produce the same results.
Athletes are often pressured from an early age to be better than the rest. In sports such as football, baseball, basketball, and soccer, the need to be “great” is becoming a dominant factor in the world of sports. Regardless of which sport is chosen, the stigma to be great is slowly surpassing the main goal of sportsmanship among team players. With the notion that being great is the key; many athletes, both amateur and professional, are relying on steroids to help bring them to the top of their game. Steroid use can cause damaging effects to the body and preventing this may save the lives and careers of current and future students. This essay is written to explain the problems of steroids in sports and the solutions in which to help deter or stop this problem.
It is NFL Sunday and you are ready to see some of your favorite athletes to go head to head on the grid iron. However, you notice something a little different your favorite athlete seems to be more aggressive and his body has changed substantially. That famous athlete that you know and adore was caught for taking performance enhancing drugs that was the reasoning for your unanswered questions about his odd transformations. Bigger, better, stronger each professional athlete tries to achieve that when they are preparing to compete in their sport, but there are some that get a little help to be better, bigger, and stronger. These athletes use performance enhancing drugs; performance enhancing drugs are a man-made or synthetic version of testosterone. Someone who takes the performance enhancing drug illegally will likely gain weight muscle and get stronger. The athletes will love the result they are getting from taking the performance enhancing drugs and would want more and that is when this synthetic drug can become harmful. The performance enhancing drugs can cause many major side effects and the most severe is death. That is why athletes should think twice about taking performance enhancing drugs because strength, endurance, and energy is not worth all the side effects that come with taking the illegal substance. The athletes who risk their lives just to be better at their sport is not beneficial in the long run.
Most serious athletes will tell you that the competitive drive to win can be fierce. Besides the satisfaction of personal accomplishment, athletes often pursue dreams of winning a medal for their country or securing a spot on a professional team or to make their family proud. In such an environment, the use of performance drugs has become increasingly common. But using performance drugs — aka, doping — isn't without risks. “Take the time to learn about the potential benefits, the health risks and the many unknowns regarding so-called performance drugs such as anabolic steroids, androstenedione, human growth hormone, erythropoietin, diuretics, creating and st...
The desire to compete — and win — is as old as history itself. From the beginnings of sport, athletes have sought out foods and potions to turn their bodies into winning machines. As early as 776 BCE, the very first Olympic games, there are records of attempts to increase testosterone levels (“Steroid Abuse in Sports”). Ancient Greek wrestlers ate vast amounts of meat to gain muscle mass, and Norse “Berserker” warriors took hallucinogenic mushrooms before battle. The first competitive athletes to be charged for doping, however, were swimmers in 1860s Amsterdam. Doping of all kinds, from caffeine to cocaine to anabolics quickly spread to other sports (“Anabolic Steroids, a Brief History”).
Professional athletes using performance enhancing drugs, are influencing adolescent athletes to do the same. Studies done by psychologist in the past have shown that twenty percent of high school athletes who use performance enhancing drugs, do so because their favorite player does. Young athletes are starting to believe that to be the best, they have to use the best. They believe that if they use the same enhancers as professional athletes than they will be able to make it to the next
Abstract: With the increase of competition has also come the need to become bigger and stronger than the opponent. The use of steroids among athletes has caused the focus of the game to change. No longer does an athlete want to win by doing their best, but they want to become bigger and have an advantage over the opponent. Ultimately, all athletes feel that they need to use performance-enhancing drugs to compete at the same level. Despite all of the warnings and information on performance-enhancing drugs, athletes continue to use them and overlook the potential health risks associated with steroids.
It is amazing what athletes will do to achieve higher levels of performance and to sometimes get the extra edge on the competition. Most of the time people do not realize the long-term effects that result from the decisions they make early in life. This resembles the use of steroids in a person’s life.
Numerous athletes already use performance-enhancing drugs. “Everyone’s enhancing, it’s a reality that we should embrace.” (Allenby B.4) Athletes would be on the same playing field if everyone used some sort of PED. A majority of athletes use some sort of PED to help them improve. In South Florida, even high school athletes are using these drugs and their parents are encouraging it. “It’s about making sure that your child has every advantage whether it is legal or illegal.” (Shipley A.1) A variety of athletes a...
Everyone, at some point in their life, wants to successful in something. Whether it be a class, job or sport. If one wants it bad enough, they will do whatever it takes to get it by any means necessary. Today, many have gone to the extreme of using drugs. Performance-enhancing drugs are the most commonly seen in the athletic community.
So you have to weigh out your health risks. Another Major point is upholding sportsmanship. There are certain values that are broken when an athlete takes performance enhancing drugs. These range from fair play to just having fun.
Many teens begin using steroids after reading or learning about all of the alleged benefits that come from using them. “An investigation by the “U.S. News and World Report” found that four in 10 teenage steroid users were influenced by the notion that famous athletes were using them as well. That same survey discovered that 57 percent of teen steroid users were prompted to use them after reading muscle magazines” (www.steroidabuse.org). Student athletes are always trying to improve for colleges and to simply be good at the sport they play. The constant want to improve leads them to take performance enhancing drugs such as steroids because they see their idols take them and become
For many, many years, doping has been an integral part of athletic society. Research believes that doping derives roots back in ancient Greek and Roman culture, 776 B.C (Baron)! Granted PEDs back in the day were god-awful mixtures of herbs, drugs, and alcohol, the drugs athletes are taking now are just as bad. Margaret Goodman, a neurologist and the president of the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), explains the different side-effects of steroids. As a ringside physician of boxing matches, she’s listened to the boxers talk about performance-enhancing drugs. Fighters using dope described the horrible consequences: heart, kidney, liver, bone, brain and psychiatric ailment (Goodman).