Artificial testosterone was first synthesized in 1935 and was intended as a hormone replacement for patients who were not able to produce enough testosterone. The first documented incidence of steroid abuse in sports was at the 1954 World Weightlifting Championships. The Soviets easily dominated all of their weight classes, so Dr. John Ziegler of the US team questioned the Soviet doctor about steroids. The Soviet doctor was not afraid to admit that his athletes were injected with testosterone, and because there were no regulations in place to address the issue, they went unpenalized for their actions. Thus, Dr. Ziegler set out to create an oral testosterone derivative, superior to the Soviet injectable version, and his effort led to the creation of Dianabol in 1958, the most commonly abused anabolic of all time. (“Steroid Abuse in Sports”, “Steroid Timeline”).
Steroids thrived in the Olympics in the 1960s and early ‘70s. Finally, in 1975, the International Olympic Committee imposed a ban on steroids. This, however, did not stop the athletes....
... middle of paper ...
"Anti-Doping Initiatives." Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. The Vanco uver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, 2010. Web. 04 Mar. 2010.
"Steroid Abuse in Sports." Association Against Steroid Abuse. Web. 04 Mar. 2010.
"Steroid Timeline." Steroids in Baseball. Ed. Allan Doherty. 2009. Web. 03 Mar. 2010.
"Use of Steroids in Olympic Sports." E-SportAZone. 19 Sept. 2009. Web. 04 Mar. 2010.
"Youth Steroid Use." Kidproof. 2010. Web. 03 Mar. 2010.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Steroid Usage Why do so many people use steroids when there are so many health risks and side effects. Do people take steroids because they are not aware of all the risks. Not likely, steroids have been around since the 1930’s when Nazi scientists tried to invent drugs that would make German armies more powerful (Banks, Substance Abuse in Sport: The Realities, pg. 13-21). Though steroids were considered harmful and made illegal in 1991 (Berlow, Sports Ethics). Some side affects of steroids are baldness, high blood pressure, lowered sex drive, acne, nosebleeds, liver disease, kidney disease, and many more (Williams, Drugs and Athletic Performance, pg.... [tags: Sports Athletes Steroids Essays]
1837 words (5.2 pages)
- When was the last time you saw a sporting event and thought what you just saw was incredible. That whoever just did that was superhuman. Now put this through your mind. That athlete could improve his or her already superb skills into something even greater. This can be possible with the help of steroids. There is a current debate of allowing steroids to be legal in sports. Steroids should not be allowed in sports. Some people ask why. This research paper will give those people just a few of the many reasons why it should not be allowed.... [tags: steroid abuse, athletes, role model]
1274 words (3.6 pages)
- The Use of Steroids in Sports Before the 1990's, athletes were unique. They were able to capitalize on their God-given talents, and make themselves famous based on their skill. But then something happened. Steroids began to play a bigger and bigger role in sports. 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.... [tags: Steroids Drug Abuse Athletics Ethics Essays]
1166 words (3.3 pages)
- Canadian track star Ben Johnson was denied his gold medal in the 1988 Olympics after he tested positive for anabolic steroids. This incident sparked worldwide attention to the extent of anabolic steroid use. To date, the International Olympic Committee has barred the use of seventeen anabolic steroids. Other organizations, including The National Football League, National Collegiate Athletic Association's International Amateur Athletic Federation, and the International Federation of Body Builders have followed suit.... [tags: Anabolic Steroids Use by Athletes]
1891 words (5.4 pages)
- In the 1988 Summer Olympics, an unbelievable feat occurred. The feat happened during one of the premiere events, the 100 meter dash. The event was set up to be a great race between Carl Lewis of the United States and Ben Johnson of Canada. This did not happen. Ben Johnson blew away the field running a 9.79, a world record. Carl Lewis finished a distant second with a 9.88 ("Ben Johnson"). That is not the end of the story. Later on, the runners had to take a urinalysis. All of the runners passed but one, Ben Johnson.... [tags: Steroid Use Among Athletes]
3175 words (9.1 pages)
- Athletic competition has been part of society since the early beginnings of man. Gladiators, wrestlers, and sprinters are some the early types of athletes that competed. Mankind seems to have been born with a desire to compete; every man feels the need to have dominance over another man. These facts are even apparent in today's society. Now there are all kinds of sports to choose from, and many of these sports are played at a professional level. These sporting events give individuals that chance to be the better of another person, just as the earlier ones did.... [tags: Anabolic Steroids Use by Athletes]
2126 words (6.1 pages)
- Motivation plays an important role in the success of an athlete. However, motivation is not easily achieved or maintained. Reasons vary why people chase their dreams or even so so far as to break the law to achieve their goals. Is it the chase. Is it the intrinsic reward of a personal accomplishment. Is it an extrinsic reward of fame and fortune that comes with success. All of these reasons are possible answers to why people do what they do. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Dr. Victor Frankenstein pursued his dream "for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body."(Shelley 233) When the doctor was finished his creation was not what he had anticipated.... [tags: Anabolic Steroids Use by Athletes]
1000 words (2.9 pages)
- It is amazing what athletes will do to achieve higher levels of performance and to sometimes get the extra edge on the competition. Most of the time people do not realize the long-term effects that result from the decisions they make early in life. This resembles the use of steroids in a person’s life. Steroids became an option to athletes in the Olympics and other major sporting events during the 1950’s. But this use of steroids among athletes only became widely apparent when Canadian sprint runner Ben Johnson tested positive for steroid use after winning the gold medal for the one hundred-meter dash during the 1988 Olympics (Francis, 45).... [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Steroids Essays]
2039 words (5.8 pages)
- Steroid Use in Major League Baseball Steroids are unhealthy for baseball players and they are giving the game of baseball a bad reputation. Since steroids have become such a hot topic in Major League Baseball (MLB) fans have had nothing but bad things to say about the sport and its players. When sports illustrated asked some of its readers to give reaction to the steroid controversy in the MLB here is what baseball fan Howard Langsner from New York had to say 'Horrible, just horrible. We take Olympic medals away from athletes on steroids, but we're supposed to look the other way in MLB because a guy can make the ball go further.... [tags: Sports Drugs Steroids Baseball]
1590 words (4.5 pages)
- Have you ever watched the Olympics and wondered how the athletes can be that strong and fast? The International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) certainly has. Each year the athletes come up with new ways to enhance their performance, and make it harder for the Olympic drug testers to detect banned substances. With performance enhancing drugs becoming harder to police, the burden of trying to keep the Olympics as clean as possible falls on the I.O.C.'s shoulders. Drug use in the Olympics is not a new idea. Dating back to the runners and javelin throwers of ancient Greece and Rome, athletes have been looking for supposedly magic potions (Corelli, par.... [tags: Anabolic Steroids Use by Athletes]
1511 words (4.3 pages)