To start out, steroids raise the heart rate and while performing a difficult task, the heart is already beating fast. This raises the chance for a heart attack significantly. According to Chittom and Griswold, “In 1991, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deemed steroids controlled substances due to their associated health r... ... middle of paper ... ...able for the law of consumer fraud. Yes there are arguments over privacy issues, and there is a loss of privacy, but it is worth it with the amount of lives and increased health and safety of the athletes. Allowing mandatory drug testing in athletics will maintain the health and safety of the athletes, as well as preserve fair competition in the sport and even prevent consumer fraud.
Furthermore, the increased erythrocyte mass causes improved thermoregulation and lactate buffering, which are also of great advantage to the athlete competing in an endurance event. If used in a controlled environment, blood doping may alter erythrocyte concentration with nominal side effects. The inherent problem of blood doping is concerned with abuse rather than use, with athletes re-infusing excessive amounts of erythrocytes to constantly improve endurance performance to its maximum, to maintain their reign at number one in their sport. This puts considerable strain on the cardiovascular system and can lead to, sometimes fatal, physiological problems. The quandary with blood ... ... middle of paper ... ...
Steroids are used as much in sports now as they have ever been in the past, even with stricter testing and knowledge of the harmful side effects. Olympians are especially prone to use these drugs because of the great pressure put on these athletes, but it is becoming wide spread through all sports. For the most part, the athletes get away with steroid use because of new technologies and using patterns which make the steroids undetectable to the tests. There are three main classifications of drugs in athletics. The first class is performance continuance drugs, which is the only accepted class in athletics.
Since the dawn of the twenty-first century, performance enhancing drugs have become a religious practice in “the lives of some sport figures.” The use of these supplements have given the user an edge, an edge to perform at maximum capability. Most major athletes all agree on the fact that the competitive drive to win can be quite intense. Besides the satisfaction of personal accomplishment, athletes commonly pursue high hopes of attaining a medal, a college scholarship or the once in a lifetime opportunity to play on a professional team. In such an environment, the use of performance-enhancing drugs has become increasingly common (Athletes & Drug Use). For most athletes, winning at all costs includes taking performance-enhancing drugs.
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Steroids do things chemically that the body cannot perform naturally. There are times when an athlete does everything in their power to not take performance enhancing drugs. Drug free athletes will fall behind physically. Pressure to compete will suck some of these athletes into steroid use. Physical appearance is just as important as being competitive to a lot of athletes, steroids will improve muscle tone and decrease body fat along with Dailey exercise, this alone draws in loads of steroid users.
At first you will be shocked and hope he is ok. Then you ask the TV, expecting to get an answer, "When is he gonna be back?!?!" Sports today have become so competitive that players will hurt others to win or at least get an edge. If they do not hurt others, they hurt themselves. Lately there have been many cases of players being caught with some type of performance-enhancing drug. It seems that the pressure for these players to succeed has pushed them to the level of "at all costs".
Sports and the spirit of competition have been valued by the human race for centuries. Today, sports are enjoyed globally by millions of people on amateur and professional levels. Unfortunately, the desire to win and exceed in the athletic field has led to the development and use of anabolic steroids. I believe that the use of anabolic steroids should be completely banned in order to ensure the safety of all athletes, to preserve the spirit of honest competition, and to take away the temptation from future athletes to use steroids. In order to understand the arguments presented against and for the use of anabolic steroids, it must be understood what anabolic steroids are.
These forms of steroids are female sex hormones that promote sexual development and help to maintain a healthy reproductive system. The third forms of steroids are androgens. These are the male hormones called testosterone, which lead to secondary sexual characteristics and also help to maintain the male reproductive system. These specific forms have been labeled a highly addictive and are frequently abused; they are referred to as “anabolic steroids.” How Are Steroids Used There are two ways for anabolic steroids to be taken into the body, both orally and injected. Oral steroids are highly potent and are excreted fairly rapidly from the body due to short metabolic half-lives (usually within weeks).