Athletes and Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports

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Athletes and Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports
Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports

 
  Abstract:  Since the beginning of sports competition, athletes have always looked for some kind of an edge amongst their competitors.  They will do whatever it takes to be one of the elite and that includes pumping supplements into their bodies to make them bigger, stronger, and faster.  Steroid use is probably one of the most common drug misuses in sports competition.  Athletes found that with anabolic steroids one could become a better athlete twice as fast.  Not until 1975 was the drug first banned from Olympic competition because of the health risks it produced.  Shortly thereafter, the rest of the sports world did not allow anabolic steroids as well.  With the use of steroids no longer permitted athletes began to look for other alternatives.  On the rise is two substances called creatine and androstenedione, both of which are sold over the counter. These two performance enhancers have only had minimal testing done on them, excluding the long-term effects, simply because they haven't been around long enough.  Creatine and androstenedione have been said to produce results like steroids without the side effects.  The truth is they do produce side effects and irregular muscle growth. By banning the use of performance enhancing drugs, just like steroids, sports competition will have a much healthier and fairer environment to participate in.

     

Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports

The use of steroids and performance enhancing drugs is a common trend that is currently fascinating athletes all over the world.  Athletes who are using these drugs are damaging the sport and harming their bodies at the same time.  Seeking a greater athletic physique and ability, athletes turned to the use of steroids.  Once the dangers and possible health risks arose, athletes then turned to performance enhancers.  Two specific supplements have taken the sports world by storm and now are being used by athletes of all ages.  They are androstenedione and creatine.  It took years until people began to understand how dangerous steroids really were. These performance enhancers, like androstenedione and creatine are going to produce the same results.

 

      The use of performance enhancing supplements has long played a role in athletics, especially after the utilization of drug testing was introduced during the 1972 Olympics.  Athletes will always be looking for an advantage or something that will give them an edge on competition without being sanctioned.  One author contends, "What is suprising is that 25 years after the introduction of supposedly rigorous drug testing of Olympic athletes, the use of banned performance-enhancing substances has apparently become more widespread, and effective, than ever" (Bamberger, Yaeger).  The majority of high school athletes I have been around believe without the use of performance enhancing supplements they cannot keep up with competition.  This can be easily linked to the popularity of performance enhancers being used by professional athletes and the highly competitive atmosphere of high school athletics. 

 

      As the rewards become greater, athletes continually look for ways to improve their chances of becoming champions.  A majority of them have turned to drugs, believing that drugs will give them the edge on their opponents.  Drugs are supposed to be given to people who are ill. Taking them to better one's athletic performance is dangerous, sometimes deadly, and considered by most to be cheating.  Drug misuse in sports competition is not only unfair but it jeopardizes the name of the sport.  This is why the use of steroids and performance enhancing drugs must be banned starting at the high school to professional levels of play in preventing unfair advantages and harm to the bodies of the athletes who use them.

 

Athletes see producing more muscle mass as being better, this is why...
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