Steroids and the Athlete

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Steroids and the athlete
For the past few years, it has been all over the media; athletes on steroids and how it should be dealt with (Rutherford). But as sports-fan and as a society in general, we can be hypocrites at best. We like to see collegiate or Olympic athletes break long standing records, being in the 100 meters dash, the high jump, or in swimming, but when it is done and over with and later we find out that it was done with the help of anabolic steroids, we want to crucify them.

Steroids are widely used at the high-school level, collegiate level, the Olympics, and especially in professional sports. The latest issue that has taken the media by storm is Barry Bonds, the Major League Baseball and the homerun record. Here is where we, as sports-fan, are hypocrites at its best, for years we knew it was happening, we love to see those long homeruns, but yet when it was brought to light that several of our “heroes” where juiced, we want to lock them up and throw away the key. Anabolic Steroids is a three-way money making substance, it makes money for the seller (or producer), it makes money for the athlete; the better athlete gets the biggest contract, and it makes money for the team owners, and the consequences; legal, health and psychological are ignored (Dowshen).

Anabolic steroids are synthetic hormones that cause the body to produce muscle and prevent muscle breakdown, it also increases endurance and strength (Rutherford). Most athletes induce steroids into their body with the hopes that it will help them improve their abilities to run faster, lift heavier weights, jump higher or hit farther (Freudenrich). Obsessed with the possible results, they ignore the fact that anabolic steroids are just like any other drug, riddled with serious side affects and are illegal in the United States without a prescription. It is considered a class D felony and carries jail time and steep fines if caught using or selling it.

Many professional and amateur...
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