Role Models

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Role Models

By | Jan. 2013
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Is there too much pressure on youth today to be the most attractive, athletic and popular? At this age, youth are most impressionable. They are influenced by their parents, the media and their favourite celebrities. If youth are mimicking a basketball- shot style, a touchdown dance or a clothing style, what’s to say that they won’t use the same performance-enhancing drugs that their idols use. Superstars such as Peyton Manning, LeBron James and Derek Jeter need to be aware of their profound effect on youth. It’s only when youth have positive role models that the use of performance-enhancing drugs will decrease. Professional athletes today make millions of dollars for being the best, and often get wrapped in their fame. They want to stay on top and sometimes professional athletes use steroids to stay there. Steroids have been seen in the NFL and MLB for years and they continue to infect sports today. Youth have watched the progression of steroids through the years and the perceived benefits are outweighing the negative effects in their minds. Too many athletes get away with using steroids, ending up with an MVP award, a higher salary and a World Series championship, so why wouldn’t youth try using them? There are many athletes over the years who have been stripped of their awards for being caught using performance-enhancing drugs. Mark McGuire is best known for breaking the single-season home run record in 1998. He’s also often associated with using illegal drugs, such as anabolic steroids – which he has admitted. Lyle Alzado, an NFL football player, is perhaps the biggest name when it comes to the NFL and steroids. He admitted to starting to take steroids in 1969 and also mentioned how addicting they were. He blamed his violent tendencies both on and off the field to his steroid use. When Marion Jones finally admitted to having used steroids, she was stripped of her medals. Not only are the athletes stripped of their awards, their reputation is ruined for life....