Steroid Usage Should Not Be Banned

analytical Essay
1941 words
1941 words

Steroids are used all over the world to enhance performance in sporting activities, as well as increase concentration for exams and other tasks which require usage of the mental faculties. Other steroids are taken to enhance body form and shape, or accentuate one’s personal traits. The form of steroids taken by athletes are called “anabolic-androgen steroids”, or perhaps simply anabolic steroids that help the athletes tone their body by increasing the mass of their muscles, and increasing their strength and endurance levels (Beamish 33). The male hormone; testosterone, is used to create these steroids and it is used by females as well. The usage of steroids is highly contested and publicized as a variety of arguments on both sides of the table have been presented regarding these drugs. In the recent past scientists, media personalities, politicians, athletes and educators have been found ‘guilty’ of using steroids which has sparked a frenzy all across the globe. Illustrious examples of athletes caught using steroids include Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon, as well as the famed cyclist Lance Armstrong (Beamish 33). Armstrong had to remove the seven Tour de France titles bestowed upon him and is barred from sports for life (Beamish 34). Although the usage of steroids is opposed because they are considered dangerous for health and give an unfair advantage to users, however they should not be banned because that would impinge upon our natural right, there is inconclusive research to support their harm and their usage could be restricted to sports. A plethora of arguments are raised by the opponents of steroid usage, with the strongest one being about the harmful affect that these steroids have upon the human body. It is argued that ... ... middle of paper ... ...he risks of performance-enhancing drugs. Berkeley Heights, NJ, USA: Enslow Publishers, 2004. Print. Salamon, Julie. Hospital: man, woman, birth, death, infinity, plus red tape, bad behavior, money, God, and diversity on steroids. New York: Penguin Press, 2008. Print. Smith, Chris. "Why It's Time To Legalize Steroids In Professional Sports." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 24 Aug. 2012. Web. 11 May 2014. . Weich, John. Storytelling on steroids: 20 stories that hijacked popular culture. Amsterdam: Uitgeverijbis, 2013. Print. Yesalis, Charles. Anabolic steroids in sport and exercise. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishers, 1993. Print. Zirin, Dave. Welcome to the Terrordome: the pain, politics, and promise of sports. Chicago, Ill.: Haymarket Books, 2007. Print.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that steroids are used to enhance performance in sporting activities, as well as increase concentration for exams and other tasks which require usage of the mental faculties.
  • Explains the harmful effects of steroids on the human body. steroids can be taken orally or via injections and they enter directly into one's bloodstream causing a rise in heart palpitations, sweat, and nervousness.
  • Argues that steroid use is hyped by the media and that other legal drugs cause more damage to the human body.
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