Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports

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Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports 1

Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports
Angie Holmes
Axia College University of Phoenix
Effective Persuasive Writing COM 120
Roseanne Robinson
24 September 2006

Performance-Enhancing drugs 2
Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports
Although athletes are good enough to play in professional sports, many of the players feel pressured into using performance drugs to enhance their athletic skills. Athletes take these drugs believing that it provides a competitive advantage. They also take these drugs because they have an image they have to uphold. Many people, children in addition to adults, look up to these people. They feel as though they have something to prove at every game. Athletes feel the need to win at all costs, even if it means taking drugs. Performance-enhancing drugs, which are also known as anabolic steroids, are the reason athletes are violating ethics and laws to be the best player ever. Steroids can be taken orally, or they can be injected. No matter how a person takes steroids, it will still have a negative effect on his or her body and career. Steroids, taken both orally and injected, can be detected months after it was taken. The body tolerates the injectable steroids more effectively than the oral steroids. High school students have also started to take these illegal drugs. Many adolescents take steroids because they want to be like older and better athletes. If professional athletes do engage in this risky behavior, younger athletes are going to be tempted to do the same. Younger athletes look up to professional athletes. They imitate what the professionals wear, how they talk, and how they compete in their games. Children love to imitate those they admire. Taylor Hooton, the high school student who died as a result of depression attributed to steroid use, was asked by his father, before he died, "Why do you take steroids?" Taylor's answer was, "Why not? Barry Bonds...
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