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When people think of sports, people might wonder if the greatest people in sports used performance-enhancing drugs. Steroids build mass and strength and increase tissue to boost endurance (Szumski 11). Athletes use drugs in sports to build mass and strengthen a person’s bones, increase oxygen intake, work tissues, help pain, stimulate a persons body, reduce a person weight, and to hide the fact that a person is using other drugs (Szumski 12). Things that are considered steroids or an illegal body building drugs are, Anabolic Steroids, Beta-2 agonists, human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) , luteinizing hormone (LH), Human Growth Hormone (HGH), Insulin-like growth factors, and insulin (Szumski 13). There are also many types of Anabolic steroids, testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, androstenedione, dehydroean drosterone, clostebol, and nandrolone (Szumski 13).
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Steroid use is not only cheating according to the rules created by the MLB, they also create many other problems. Along with the self-evident problem with cheating, PED's should continue to be banned from Major League Baseball, as they create an unfair playing field, are a serious health hazard for athletes, they deteriorate the integrity of the game, and also an allowance would force all MLB athletes to use steroids. Many MLB athletes had to start out the same way. A study of an MLB prospect's timeline revealed that the average player did not make his MLB debut until about the age of 25 (Lindbergh). In another study, the salary per month of minor league players reveals that, from being a rookie in the minor leagues to playing triple-A baseball in the minor leagues, the average athlete would only make from $1150-$2700 a month (Uhlman).
Most athletes do not use corticosteroids to "enhance their performance". Most athletes use anabolic steroids. Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of the male sex hormone, testosterone. Anabolic steroids can also be prescribed by a doctor in order to help someone with hormone deficiency. Anabolic steroids are usually prescribed by doctors if someone has been diagnosed with cancer or AIDS, because these diseases may result in a decreased amount of muscle mass.