Pro Steroids in Sports

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Ryan Kuhn Debate Paper
Pro-Steroids in Sports

One of the most hyped up and perhaps exaggerated arguments in society today is the use of steroids and whether or not it should be allowed in professional sports. There has been much speculation as to what exactly is,”cheating” and whether or not the use of steroids fits that description. We live in a society that has an oddly schizophrenic relationship with pharmaceuticals and medical technology that in all other cases we are quick to take advantage of. However, why is it often considered,” cheating” if we are just using the advanced technology at our disposal to help boost performance. After all it is what professional athletes get paid to do. It isn’t considered cheating when a doctor uses a synthetic drug to heal a patient, but if a star athlete uses steroids to boost performance and put more fans in the seats everyone wants him kicked out of the sport. This judgement may be caused by a lack of knowledge by the general public and a blind following of anti-steroid leaders. 73% of the people who said steroids should be banned from professional sports didn’t even know how they work, and are blind to the worse dangers in sports such as concussion issues and the tobacco problem in baseball (Katz). The argument of steroids in sports is much more complex than people perceive it to be, and to better understand this argument, it is necessary to further examine what steroids really do and how other issues in sports are much more serious.

All the risks that we here about steroids such as voice changes, baldness, acne, etc. may all be true, but try to think of a single athlete that has had a heart attack caused by taking steroids. The media does a tremendous job of portraying steroids as a drug that will guarantee heart problems in the future; however, it is very rare to find a story about a death caused by steroids. The deaths caused by playing football are 75 times greater than those...
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