In my opinion, drugs in sports is a bad thing. Most athletes now and days use drugs to win, to be successful, be popular, famous, and to get scholarships. They see drugs as an advantage in receiving what they want. Athletes now and days are too caught up in taking drugs to be successful, that they don’t see how dangerous really are. They aren’t paying attention to it.
More and more, of our society views winning more important than itself. Success in competition brings status, popularity, and fame, not to mention college scholarships. Today’s athletes are looking for an advantage over the competition that will make them winners. Unfortunately, the drugs of today are caught up in the high stakes competition frenzy. Of this reality, teenage use of performance improved drugs is growing ever more popular.
For centuries sports has been the favorite past time and for decades drugs, steroids and Performance enhancing drugs and regular street drugs have been used. In many locker rooms the motto is “if you’re not cheating, you’re not trying” (Schafer). Over the past decades many see the need to drug test athletes in order to maintain integrity of the sports. Drug testing athletes has to many lawsuits and even has gone to the U.S. Supreme Court many times because some feel that drug testing is an invasion of there privacy. Albiet, drugs have increased the entertainment when watching sports, it has also decreased the sportmanship and integrity.
No longer were the most naturally gifted athletes becoming the stars. Now, it can be said that whoever has the best pharmacist can be the best athlete. As the amount of performance enhancing steroids increases in professional sports, many athletes are gaining an unfair advantage over their competition. Athletes take steroids to gain an advantage. 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.
However, these days, even good training cannot guarantee a victory. For athletes and coaches the drive to be at the top is so great that they look for shortcuts to their end goal: winning. The one who wins is always the one who is remembered in the end; finishing second is worse than finishing last. When this type of attitude becomes predominant, it is not so surprising that they try any and all methods of cheating the system. In this way, doping has become a common practice for athletes to gain advantage on their competition.
Most people realize what it takes to compete at a high level of sports, but the use of drugs taking place in the world has changed the opinions of many viewers. Although some people insist that doping should be legal, most do not realize the consequences of this action. Performance enhancing drugs have become a huge issue in today’s world of sports. Competing at a high level should require a great deal of talent and dedication. Some professional athletes feel as if “the competitive drive to win can be very intense”, while other players think using performance enhancing drugs will create an easier game (Drug Free Sport).
Types of PED The most popular types of PEDs used are Anabolic Steroids, Androstenedione(Andro) and Balco. These PEDs can come in many forms such as an injection from a needle, pill, a powder mix, or even in a cream you can rub onto your body that soaks in to increase muscle mass. One reason pros use PED so much is because the perception of professional sports is that it is ok to do anything as long as you win (Reagan, 1999). Winning is what the fans want to see and they really do not care how it happens. Side affects There are many side affects for athletes using PEDs.
He countered the argument of taking drugs will lead to the unfairness of the match effectively. In his article, he said, “We can't say the same for other sports, though we can remind competitors that among the array of performance enhancing aids which are available to them, such as acupuncture, hypnotism, hypoxic tents (that simulate high altitude) and the countless other perfectly legal performance enhancements are some that are probably more dangerous than drugs.” Other than that, we are the type of generation who are never bored of seeking the best in human ability. The prohibition of drugs usage in sport surely will affect the athletes’ performances and next lead to the “turning off” by the fans and this is surely a thing needs to be taken into account. I, myself, am agree with Ellis Cashmore that drugs should be allowed in sports and I will explain my argument in terms of the misconception about drug, the role of drug in promising competitive sports, and the function of drug in maintaining athletes’ health. First thing first, in order to change the entire rule of sports by allowing the presence of drugs in sports, the misconception about drugs should be clarified.
Steroids increase muscle mass and strength which helps athletes recover quicker from injuries. Athletes also seek this effect through the use of over the counter substances such as Cocaine, Marijuana, and Steroids especially at the high school level. These drugs do have some medical uses but are carefully controlled when used for medical reasons and are illegal unless used in accordance with a prescription. Efforts are being constantly being made to ensure that sports can once again be played with true sportsmanship spirit. It is for countries and Participants to help in jointly maintaining the pride of participation and competition.
Illegal drug use has a harmful effect on our nation’s economy and overall health, but in the sports arena, the question is raised about who is responsible for regulating drug use, and whether professional leagues have a responsibility to help in regulating drug use among participating athletes. Because drug use has harmful side effects, because using drugs to enhance performance is unfair, and because professional athletes have the potential to influence young people's decisions professional sport leagues should better regulate drug use among the athletes that represent their league. Although banned by professional sports leagues, the use of anabolic steroids may be the most common drug used by professional athletes. Anabolic steroids are used to enhance performance but have serious and sometimes life threatening side effects. Common side effects of anabolic steroid use are male feminization and female masculinization, clotting disorders, liver damage, and heart attacks and strokes.