Steroids in Sports In my opinion, the initial reason a person starts to play any sport is to either to have fun or mainly to emulate their favorite sports figures. So many kids want to swing a bat like Barry Bonds, or rush the football like Jamal Lewis, or play soccer like Pelle’. When I was younger, I wanted to tackle like Lawrence Taylor. Since these children like to do what they see their role models do, what happens if they find out that their favorite person boosts his skills by using illegal substances? Since there are a lot of impressionable minds out there, some of those little fans may be swayed to do the same when they get the chance to.
Paul Dietzel, former head coach of LSU, once said, “You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life.” Ever since the beginning, not only children but also college athletes have been playing sports for the love of the game and have used it as a way to grow character, teamwork, and leadership. Although when playing for a University an athletes job is to bring in profit for the school, this is not why these young men and women have continued with these sports they love. It is usually these students passion, a way for them to express themselves like others have art and music. The question has been up whether these college athletes should be paid for their loyalty and income for the University but by paying these students more than their given scholarship, it would defeat the purpose and environment of a college sport versus a professional sport, cause recruiting disputes, and affect the colleges benefits from these school athletics. Fans have such a love for college football, completely different from NFL but paying athletes just like professional ones would change that different environment for both players and fans completely.
One reason college athletes should get paid is because they make millions of dollars for their school. College athletes have been dedicating their time, hard work, and much more to their schools' athletic departments. Between the national television games they play in and company endorsement money the school receives, each player on the team should receive some kind of wage. The endorsement the school signs, makes the players a human billboard advertising the company's product. When kids see their favorite players wearing a certain thing during the game, they are tempted to go buy the item so they can be like their favorite player.
In sports you always want to be the best, that’s why you play the game. You lift weights and do speed drills so that you get faster and jump higher just to help you become better than your opponent, the thing that drives you through your training is you competitive instinct. Even after we are done playing sports we make up our own games just so we can still be competitive with our friends and other people, prime example is fantasy sports. We treat it as if it were life changing for our team that we picked was able to beat or lose to your friends teams. If we are pushed to our limits in high school on and off the field by our coaches and our families to be better than our opponent in our games or matches then I can’t even imagine how hard professional athletes are pushed to succeed.
All of your friends’ play and your parents have always encouraged you to do well in sports and to be the best. You know there are other opportunities out there for you, but you don’t feel as popular just being satisfactory in school. In today’s world, high schoolers are constantly under pressure to do well in sports, but not necessarily in school. Life lessons, like acquiring a job or just being an overall quality person fly out the window. Using a familiar setting, the problem of Central High School focusing too much on athletics instead of academics can be alleviated through the
Steroids are used by athletes in baseball, football, and in Olympic events in hopes of finding the edge to make them the best in their sport. By mimicking the anabolic effects of testosterone, steroids help build tissues, help muscle recovery after injuries, and strengthen bones. "We live in a very fast world now and, we're always looking for a shortcut. We always want to get rich the fastest way, we want to get famous the fastest way, we want to get strong and be competitive the fastest way," Arnold Schwarzenegger said, on why athletes take steroids. Some athletes simply do not feel like they can compete with the best in the world without a little help.
Athletes are always striving to be the best and to take their game to the next level. Steroids may drastically enhance their performance and give them a valuable competitive edge. Because so much attention and money is directed towards professional athletics, athletes are now more than ever in the public?s spot light. Today, like it or not, the athletes that take steroids get most of the attention. Children dream of being the next superstar, but will future superstars be clean or will steroids continue to dominate professional sports?
A new system could be beneficial because it would give financially troubled kids an opportunity to get paid in the pros and underdeveloped athletes a chance to develop in college. Parents and teachers have preached that getting an education is important since students first entered Kindergarten. Although there is proof that athletes have endured success from both pathways, academics and athletics, it’s the financially safe and most logical choice for a student athlete to solidify his or her future after athletics. Becoming a professional athlete is a high-risk high reward situation but receiving a college education lowers that risk. A college education could potentially increase the knowledge further to enhance their athletic abilities intellectually also (Clary Dec. 13, 2009).
They just need to play well in high school, then accept an athletic scholarship to a university, and excel in that sport while getting airtime on television. More often than not, the kids do not value their education, and they do just enough in order to qualify to play on their team. The NCAA is failing student athletes because it prioritizes athleticism over academics by changing the rules, which now allow subpar academic students onto college teams. All too often, the students see the dream of stardom more so than the reality of needed education. The love of the game usually resonates in student athletes from an early age.
Success is a Choice In the film, “Undefeated” (2011) directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin, Coach Bill Courtney helps out inner city high school football players with everything from their plays on the field, to their grades in class, to their personal life at home. With this extracurricular activity being a main aspect of the characters’ lives, their lives outside of the sport are positively impacted from playing football in Manassas. The film starts with Coach Bill Courtney listing off players whose disorderly conduct has resulted in them being unable to play for the Manassas Tigers. North Memphis used to be a booming place because of the Firestone plant, but since the plant closed, people moved out and jobs closed. The football program, as a result, fell off the map currently making the Manassas Tigers the underdogs.