Writing Assignment 2- Drug Use in Modern Sport
“ Top athletes whether their motivation arises from adherence to the internal values of competition or desire for external reward, are willing to pay a heavy price in time and effort in order to achieve competitive success” (Robert Simon). We all live in a society where winning is over emphasized. Losing is hard and so is winning. Many athletes as we have seen go to extreme limits to do whatever it takes to win. Some athletes would spend long hours, days in the gym exercising or working out to get their bodies to where they want it to be. Others put so much effort and time in training on the specific sport they are playing in order to achieve a better performance. Yet, there are those athletes who turn to steroids/ performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to improve or enhance their performance. Barry Bonds and Manny Ramirez are two examples of the several athletes who are in the news who use steroids or other PEDs. Manny Ramirez, who is a baseball player for the Red Socks, retired after testing positive for drug test. Barry Bonds who is a former major league baseball player allegedly lied to a federal grand jury about knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs and about being injected by anyone but his doctors. The following articles and authors;Good Competition and Drug-Enhanced Performance by Robert Simon, Ethical Issues by Drew Hyland; Steroids in America by SI staff and After the Four Minute Mile by Sir Roger Bannister; all look at the issue of athletes using steroids or other performance enhancing drugs.
In the article written by Roger Simon; Good Competition and Drug-Enhanced Performance, Simon states the positive and negative uses of performance enhancing drugs. Some sports such as riflery benefits from the use of PEDs. Simon divides the argument or steroids into three sections; the user believes steroids will increase hi or her athletic performance; the user knows the potential health risks; and the...
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