Steroids In Professional Sports Essay

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THE USE OF STEROIDS IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS Julian Rae Professor Daniels ENC 1101 December 11, 2013 The Use of Steroids in Professional Sports They’re among the world’s most controversial drugs. Not Heroin, Ganja, Coke or Crystal Meth, but Anabolic Steroids. Steroids are medical treatments that come in two varieties: Anabolic Steroids and Corticosteroids. These are both synthetic versions of hormones produced naturally in the body but they perform two completely different tasks. Corticosteroids are used by doctors to decrease inflammation. Anabolic Steroids are the familiar term for the synthetic version of the male sex hormone testosterone. Its technical name although, is Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids (AAS). “Anabolic referring to muscle-building and Androgenic referred to increased male sexual characteristics,” defined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Anabolic steroids are currently banned in every major sporting organization. In the United States, anabolic steroids are also illegal without a medical prescription. According to the DEA in the United States, "Anabolic steroids are Schedule III substances under the Controlled Substances Act. Only a small number of anabolic steroids are approved for either human or veterinary use. Steroids may be prescribed by a licensed physician for the treatment of testosterone deficiency, delayed puberty, low red blood cell count, breast cancer, and tissue wasting resulting from AIDS." (Drug Enforcement Administration). Professional athletes of all sports have been using steroids dating all the way back to the first Olympic Games. Most athletes have a small window of opportunity, only lasting a couple of years. Even though deemed as unethical and illegal in all sports, millions of ... ... middle of paper ... ...low many people to achieve several goals they probably would have never come close to without them, but have also had many serious side effects on their bodies. A lot of athletes today want and feel they need that edge over their competition and result to using anabolic steroids as it is looked upon as a proverbial “fountain of youth”. This encourages younger athletes to do the same and also ruins the natural competition of the sports they play roles in. All athletes, young and older, should gain major success through their own natural talents and must be taught and encouraged (preferably by someone who has previously abused steroids and knows how to lead them to where they want to end up with illness) not to take anabolic steroids as they are not only destroying their bodies but destroying the sport they play in as well as the minds of many who watch them perform.
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