Professional Athletes: The End of "Roid Rage"

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Professional athletes, throughout history, have been exalted for their outstanding abilities and achievements in sports. Unfortunately, many athletes have turned to anabolic steroids in order to give them an edge, a boost their athletic performance. Starting with the 1954 World Weightlifting Championships, where the Soviets unexpectedly dominated their lifting classes with the use of steroids, it has become increasingly popular among athletes to cheat with the help of this drug. Although the appeal to steroid use is evident when observing how it increases someone’s athletic abilities, many users fail to consider the detrimental side effects of the drug. Also, in my opinion, athletes should be expected to perform based upon their natural abilities, opposed to abilities enhanced by anabolic steroids. Ultimately, anabolic steroids should continue to be illegal in professional sports due to their major health risks and the unfair advantage they serve players.
Those who believe the use of anabolic steroids should be allowed in professional sports have numerous arguments for those in opposition. Professional sports leagues have tried to stop the use of steroids by drug testing players and punishing those who do not pass. A number of major athletes, such as Lance Armstrong, have been stripped of their athletic accolades due to discoveries of drug use. Despite witnessing the fall of great competitors due to “doping,” people continue to use. Because of unsuccessful attempts at banning the drug, many people believe “it may be time to head in the other direction: legalize performance enhancers” (Smith 1). No matter how many rules and regulations are made against the use of steroids, athletes will continue to abuse the drug in order to get ...

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...o end this, programs need to encourage athletes to achieve similar effects of steroids through diet, exercise, nutrition, and strength training. Through awareness and support, anabolic steroid abuse can come to an end, preventing professional athletes from destroying their careers for something bigger and better. Despite how it may look, steroids do not help an athlete reach their full potential, but eventually destroys the outstanding natural abilities they were born with.

Works Cited

Bjornlund, Lydia. How Dangerous Are Performance-enhancing Drugs? San Diego, CA: ReferencePoint, 2011. Print.

National Institute of Drug Abuse. "Anabolic Steroid Abuse." National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). N.p., July 2001. Web. 06 Feb. 2014.

Smith, Chris. "Why It's Time To Legalize Steroids In Professional Sports." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 24 Aug. 2012. Web. 09 Feb. 2014.

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