December 31, 2012
The quest to achieve physical perfection is the ultimate task for a bodybuilder. This type of pressure on the athletes causes some to go to extreme measures to attain this sort of perfection. The use of anabolic steroids and other growth hormone supplements are typically what are turned to in order to reach the mass required to compete in the bodybuilding arena of today. This brings with it the possibility of negative side effects either ignored or possibly accepted as a territorial understanding by the athlete in this sport. I look to explore alternative supplements, their success s in practical application, and to see if they pose the same dangers of steroid use. I also aim to identify all harmful effects surrounding steroid use and other growth hormone use by athletes in bodybuilding. I myself find great interest in this subject as I take my personal fitness seriously and have considered the use of growth hormones to reach the next level of fitness. This also may be of interest to any athlete or physical fitness fanatic that has considered the use of any performance enhancing supplement. It is important to make informed decisions and I aim to shed light on any benefits or detriments posed by extreme performance enhancing supplements. In my research the main goal was to find as many differing opinions on the subject that I could. With the sources I have found they seem to be agreeable in the negative and positive effects. This consistency between articles coupled with the medical professional statistical data shows the information presented to be educated. Two of the sources, more specifically Worsnop’s “Athletes and Drugs” and Jost’s “Sports and Drugs”, show how performance enhancing drugs have permeated into athletic sports in general. Both Worsnop and Jost focus mainly on anabolic...
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