The term “doping in sports” refers to the sudden outbreak of recent performance-enhancing drugs used by professional athletes. Steroids, the most commonly used drug, promotes protein and growth of the muscle tissue that can help the athletes build muscle far bigger then any workout could (Bosshardt). Even though each professional league has their own drug testing policy, no league is clean of the drugs. The benefits of taking performance-enhancing drugs ranges from not only gaining stamina, but also strength you can’t get by just working out. Although in my eyes, the risks in taking steroids outweigh the benefits, by causing infertility, psychological changes, and even cancer.
With the use of technology these days, most people assume the using performance-enhancing drugs are just the next step in athletic training, but it shouldn’t be. Training for sports requires not only a tremendous amount of effort, but also a lot of discipline and consistency. In professional level sports, your abilities are explored and maximized to the fullest degree possible, and by taking steroids it artificially enhances them. Once you start enhancing your performance artificially, it’s no longer just you and your natural ability. Doping isn’t only just an unfair advantage, it can also cause more damage then you know to your health. Steroids, which produce massive muscle growth, are also linked to a wide range of cancers, premature heart disease, and many mood disorders (Bosshardt).
Not only is using dope in sports an unfair way of “cheating” it also takes the pride and dignity out of the sport itself. Young kids look up and aspire to be professional athletes, but when they find out they’re on steroids it’s making it seem okay. It setting an example saying it’s okay to use dope when playing sports. Chemistry and using different performance-enhancing drugs should be kept out of sports. Playing a sport and being physically fit is a natural ability, that doesn’t need to be...
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