Athletes' Performance Enhancer Testing

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Research and Opinion Paper: Performance Enhancer Testing

Performance enhancing drugs are used by athletes to improve their performance in sports. Drugs such as anabolic steroids, stimulants, diuretics, analgesics, cannabinoids, hormones, glucocorticosteroids and androstenedione are used by athletes and are illegal (Freudenrich, 2000 ). The use of drugs is illegal because they can cause serious health problems. Also, use of drugs is considered unfair advantage over other competitors also called “cheating.” Therefore, performance enhancer testing is done to determine whether the athletes are using illegal drugs; through urinal test or blood test. Today, according to Richard Lezin Jones from New York Times, more and more high school athletes are using illegal performing enhancing drugs. Thus, random drug testing should be conducted to high school athletes in order to decrease and stop the use of dangerous illegal drugs. Everyone likes to win, especially athletes who are constantly competing. Professional athletes are pushed and pressured to win, as well as high school athletes. High school athletes are pressured to perform well to earn fame, college scholarship, trophies and more. In order to perform well, they have to practice day and night. When athletes practice and compete, their body ache because of too much work out. The use of analgesics (heroin, morphine, pethidine), which are types of painkillers, relieve pain. Taking painkillers because of pain is not wrong, and athletes such as high school athletes need to take painkiller for their painful bodies. Hence, randomly testing high school athletes is not necessary because they know what they are taking (analgesics, painkillers). They are not harmful but helpful in their daily athletes’ lives. However, performance enhancing drugs can cause serious health risks. For example, analgesics such as heroin, morphine and pethidine can seem like innocent painkiller medicines but they can actually cause health...
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