Some people are not going to make it without extra help," remarked Erik de Bruin, coach/husband of Michelle Smith, who won three gold medals in the 1996 Olympics, shaving almost twenty seconds off her best time from 1993. To try to gain athletic equality, or superiority in their sports, they go to steroids for a little extra kick. Muscle building drugs have transfonned sports into something of a freak show. The general build of a given athlete is much bigger with their arms, shoulders, and legs enlarged, sometimes to a point that they do not look real. "...Guys out there look like Mr.
Because our athletes are bigger and stronger than they were 60 years ago, they feel the need to be the biggest and do not care if there life is on the line. From Lance Armstrong to Alex Rodriquez, also known as A-Roid, our greats have cheated their way to greatness. Although our government has pushed for several laws to cut down from steroid use, they have little to no use. It has been a huge issue in the world of sports and is now getting the attention and recognition it deserves in the media. Steroid use by athletes of all ages are tarnishing their reputation and destroying their lives, and a solution is needed.
Abstract: Since the beginning of sports competition, athletes have always looked for some kind of an edge over their competitors. They will do whatever it takes to be one of the elite and that includes injecting supplements into their bodies to make them bigger, stronger, and faster. Steroid use is probably one of the most common drug misuses in sports competition. Athletes found that with anabolic steroids one could become a better athlete twice as fast. Not until 1975 was the drug first banned from Olympic competition because of the health risks it produced.
Some of the pressure that athletes receive is from the fans. There are many pressures in society today. Some people take steroids so they will make the team or do better in the sport they play, and others just want to look good. The rest are pressured into taking steroids from there coaches, media, and even fans. Are taking steroids worth all of the risks involved?
Steroid doping and other have become the biggest scourge of professional sports leagues, and that’s why it may be time they were made legal. Athletes are never going to stop intaking the drugs and banning the drugs in sports will never be successful. We can all choose whether or not to improve and to be the better person or to stay normal.
They get a small taste of greatness but instead of working harder they take a drug and immediately notice improvement. So they take some more until they become completely dependent on the drug for success. Unfortunately hiding drug use is big business for most professional athletes. As illustrated in the movie, The Program ,this is even a problem at the college level. As athletes they have a constant drive to be the best and to win and when that is not possible physically that’s when athletes turn to drugs.
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).
There are many reasons people abuse steroids and a few different ways to do so. Also, even though an athlete may win a World Series or an Olympic gold medal, there are very serious effects one can suffer from steroid abuse. Anabolic steroids were originally developed in the late 1930s to treat a condition called hypogonadism. During the 1930s, scientists discovered that anabolic steroids could facilitate the growth of skeletal muscle in laboratory animals, which led to abuse of the substances by bodybuilders and then by athletes. Professional athletes and Olympic athletes abuse steroids merely to increase athletic performance.
Steroids Every year millions and millions of sports fan spend hours watching and following their favorite teams and players. Although there is something that could threaten their sports, that something would be steroids. Steroids are the biggest problem that sports has ever faced since the time sports were first invented. It is not that steroids changes the way that sports are played, but it causes an unfair advantage between athletes. The unfair advantage comes from the fact that steroids make you strong, faster and makes your reactions faster.