Steroids Use in Sports: Morally Wrong and Deadly

analytical Essay
1634 words
1634 words

Throughout the history of athletics, athletes have searched for ways to make themselves better, faster, and stronger. Steroid use is one of the most popular choices among these athletes. Steroids are synthetic hormones that produce specific physiological effects on one's body and have been used since the 1930s (Center for Substance Abuse Research). Although the German Scientists who discovered steroids did not intend to use it for body building or to create better athletes, steroid use has developed into a controversial subject concerning the health of users and other moral issues. The use of steroids in athletics is physically and morally wrong because it essentially promotes the deterioration of the health of athletes and unfair competition among these athletes. While some athletes will argue that steroids give them an extra edge against their competition, many studies have shown that the risks of steroid use deeply outweigh the benefits, especially in adolescents. Anabolic and androgenic steroids, which are the most commonly used, have adverse effects on the entire body. The most harmful of these effects are damages to the brain. When injected or taken orally, steroids have dangerous mental effects, such as extreme mood swings, violence, steroid withdrawal, and depression leading to suicide (National Institute on Drug Abuse). This is more intensified in adolescents ("Dangers of steroid abuse for teenage boys"). These mental effects would not only impair their body but would hurt their personal life and relationships with others. These negative effects are not worth the extra "edge" an athlete receives from steroids. In addition to adverse mental effects, steroid abuse extremely damages major bodily functions. For example, ... ... middle of paper ... ... Muscle & Fitness. 01 Sept. 1997. Web. 27 Feb. 2010. Longman, Jere. "OLYMPICS; Drug-Testing Agency Tells of a Steroid Scheme by U.S. Athletes." The New York Times. The New York Times. 17 Oct. 2003. Web. 27 Feb. 2010. National Institute on Drug Abuse. "Steroids (Anabolic-Androgenic)." National Institute on Drug Abuse. National Institutes of Health. n.d. Web. 09 Feb. 2010. Rhoden, William C."Why Baseball Should Keep Talking About the Past." The New York Times. The New York Times. 12 Jan. 2010. Web. 09 Feb. 2010. Stepan, Kate. "Students question use of cortisone in college athletics." The GW Hatchet. College Media Network. 06 March 2000. Web. 27 Feb. 2010. "Steroids discovered in probe of slayings, suicide." ESPN. ESPN. 27 June 2007. Web. 21 Feb. 2010. Zundel, Irene Helen. "Steroids: Recognizing Teenage Substance Abuse." EduGuide. EduGuide. n.d. Web. 9 Feb. 2010.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that steroids can lead to death, as a result of suicide, homicide, liver disease, heart attack, and cancer. three out of six wrestlers' deaths were attributed to steroids between 1997 and 2005.
  • Argues that steroid use in athletics is physically and morally wrong because it promotes the deterioration of the health of athletes and unfair competition.
  • Argues that corticosteroids, commonly known as cortisone, have been used since the 1950s to reduce inflammation and promote healing in athletes.
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