One of the main factors of why steroids are illegal is because of the proven health risks for individuals who have used them. There are more risk factors for a person who is driving from one place to another. Even walking in the city enjoying a day with your family could end extremely massively. So why are steroids illegal because of the “health risks” or “side effects” that an athlete may or may not even get. A devoted and dedicated athlete that is out doing what they do because they love the game and want to succeed to make their fans happy and to be a good role model for younger athletes to look up to. That is the kind of athlete that is not going to listen to the “what ifs” and “what could happen” from a doctor. They want to achieve their goals so something little like that will not get in the way. With a doctor regulating the athlete with the use of what they are taking and informing them with the information they need to know could make steroids one step closer to being
Professional sports are a competition between the greatest athletes in the world. And when I go to a game, that’s exactly what I expect to see. Sports are entertainment. There is no room for purity and respecting the limits that athletes had in the past. Modern athletes should utilize all the resources that they have available to them. This includes steroids, which enhance an athlete’s performance. After all, performance is what really matters.
People frown upon steroids in baseball because they say they are an unfair advantage even though they can be used as big advantage. Steroids have always been looked down on because people say that they are unfair and unsafe to use. So far players that have used steroids in Major League baseball have been healthy and the only side effects of them have been success. Steroids have become a huge part of baseball since the 1990’s. players feel like they need to use them to stay competitive. Steroids help increase muscle mass and help athletes train harder and faster. This results in better play on the field. Most steroid users in the MLB (Major League Baseball) are pitchers and homerun hitters. Steroids need to be legalized in Major League Baseball to bring more excitement into the game so that more people will watch, it will level the playing field for all the players, it will keep athletes healthy during the long season, and it will be more efficient since the consequences for using the substance does not keep players from using them.
Steroids were first used with good intentions to help those who suffered malnutrition after WWII. In Germany, there were many people who suffered the physical effects of the devastating war, soldiers in particular. To relieve the suffering, steroids were given to them so they would be able to build body weig...
However, many believe steroids should be used in professional sports because it can increase the number of ticket sales of games, show the full potential of the athlete, and cheating would not exist anymore in sports. More people would want to see the athletes on steroids because the games would be more exciting and everyone on the field would be equal. "By allowing everyone to take performance enhancing drugs, we level the playing field. . . Far from being unfair, allowing performance enhancement promotes equality” (Julian Savulescu, Bennett Foddy, and M. Clayton 666). As athletes take steroids, they are able to practice more and harder because to steroids decrease inflammation, that is why it is time to legalize steroids.
Anabolic steroids are synthetic substances that mimic the male sex hormones known as androgens. This is where the true name anabolic-androgenic steroid is derived, but for familiarity purposes they are referred to only as anabolic steroids (no purely anabolic agent has ever been synthesized). Specifically, they are synthetically produced to act as the male hormone testosterone. Testosterone has a 17-carbon core, like its replication- the anabolic steroid, and is credited for the promotion of growth of skeletal muscles and the development of male sexual characteristics. It has both androgenic (masculinization) and anabolic (tissue-building) effects in the human body. Functions of testosterone include increased numbers of red blood cells, improved calcium deposition in the bones, muscle enlargement, increased body hair, thickening of vocal chords, and growth and development of the prostate gland (Hickson, Ball, Falduto; 1989). Women have naturally occurring testosterone already present in their bodies, but in such sm...
In the great words of Jack McCallum “Man created sports and man just as well has started to ruin sports” (McCallum 2). Many people think steroids are the worst thing to come to sports, and others such as coaches and trainers want the players to do the best they can, so they give enhancing drugs to the players. Steroids are not only harmful to the body but ultimately steroids take the beauty away from sports ultimately ruining the integrity of the game. Sports were made for man, not man and drugs; steroids should have never been brought into the world of sports, specifically baseball. Steroids have harmful side effects and take the integrity out of professional sports, because professional athletes should be founded on pure natural talent, and are role models for the youth.
In the past five years the illegal industry has made an estimated hundred million dollars a year. (Getz p.2) The authorities have been trying to crack down on the availability of the drugs but have been unsuccessful. Drug testing though has effectively reduced the incidence of steroid use in some sports. Penalties of violations have also increased tremendously. "Drug testing is only effective as the sanctions that it carries, athletes must understand that it's not worth risking a career by using steroids."(Getz p.2) Not only are these actions being taken at the collegiate and professional level but at the High School level also. It appears that the newfound use of these drugs by professional athletes has acted as an excuse for younger athletes to use them. "We are role models whether we like it or not", says Derek Jeter (shortstop for the New York Yankees).
Steroids are “eating up” the sports world as we know it. Whether it is giving players who are already good, unfair advantages, or killing and or crippling steroid abusers for life. All major sports, from baseball to track and field are cracking down on the usage of steroids. There is not yet a way to completely stop it, but random testing, and psychological profiles can help contain the problem. Also the media should use discretion when reporting these problems on the news or in the newspapers, as they would when talking about other substances.
When you were a kid, didn’t you want to play a professional sport? What would you give to be one of the best athletes in the world? Would you risk your reputation? Your health? Would you be willing to die? Although many studies have come out saying that steroids diminish one’s health, people still take them hoping to be the best. Imagine if you were a 28 year old who left college early because a pro team “guaranteed” you that you would play in the big leagues. Yet you just got stuck in the minors, and the only way you could get to the big’s was to take a pill that made you super-strong and super-fast. It would make sense to just take it. But what if that pill shrunk your testicles, hurt your heart and vascular system, and made your heart work 3 times harder than it is suppose to? An athlete would be pressured to take these pills, yet it would be smarter to say no. Why would athletes, of all people-risk harming their bodies? If I became a major league baseball player, and hit 65 homeruns, I couldn’t live with myself thinking that most of those wouldn’t have gone over that fence if I hadn’t taken steroids. I could never be proud of my stats or not be ashamed when a reporter told me how good I was and asked me how I learned to hit the ball that far. Although the benefits of steroids are good, the risks and side effects are too dangerous. Therefore athletes should not use steroids.
...e problem with athletes using steroids and officials testing this is that there, one day, hopefully will be a better method of testing to see what an athlete uses so there are no negative results given then a couple weeks later say that the test was a faulty test. This would cause problems in the world of sports all over. Some athletes would say that they think their tests were messed up due to faulty equipment, then this would cause the entire sports world would come to an end. All in all steroids have so many harmful effects to the human body that makes you wonder why a person would take them in the first place. As an athlete, I know that I will never take and performance enhancing drugs no matter how much of an advantage I will gain. I believe that if you want to win big then you have to work hard for what you want, not cheat your way through it.
Professional sports have evolved so much over the years that regardless of the rules, athletes, especially in sports such as hockey and football where they take a tremendous amount of physical punishment, will continue to cut corners by taking steroids. If these athletes are allowed to use steroids under professional care, their use would help them prevent injuries by making their bodies stronger but if they are legalised, it would be almost impossible to keep them out of the hands of young players and normal teenagers. Athletes are endangering not only their own health, but also indirectly encouraging youngsters to do the same. The illegal steroid industry is perpetually a step ahead of the drug testing techniques and the drug misuse continues in shady settings.
Steroids are a controversial topic that has always been banned in sports. I think that this year, this new generation, it is time for a change. Steroids will be a catalyst making for better athletes, getting more people to watch and pay for tickets and memorabilia that will be making the teams more money. Allowing steroids won’t mean any regular people in these leagues, it will mean that the very talented athletes would become better. I am a firm believer that steroids will be good for sports, and you should be one