Is High School Talent Really Talent?
50 hits, 20 runs, no errors, and massive absence of integrity: that describes now-a-day baseball. Today’s version of baseball and other sports are tainted by the use of steroids and other muscle gaining agents. In 2001 Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs: a single season record. A mere 5 years later Barry Bonds tested positive for the use of performance enhancing drugs also known as steroids. That is what Americans kids are looking up to and taking after. When a High School athlete sees a professional athlete having success due to steroids, their mind is manipulated into using steroids. The use of steroids is detrimental to everyone.
Steroids come in a variety of way to be consumed: injected, swallowed, and snorted. These steroids build muscle to help one perform. Main steroids are HGH (Human Growth Hormone), anabolic steroids. All makes will make one stronger, all can end ones career. “Anabolic- androgenic steroids are synthetic derivatives of the male hormone testosterone” (Wadler). That’s just a nice way of saying anabolic-androgenic steroids make one stronger using fake hormones. Anabolic steroids are the most effective and have the worst long term affects. Anabolic steroids are so effective that they are prescribed by doctors to treat “malnutrition, growth disorders, and testosterone deficiency”(Wadler) Although most of these short term affects sound good, the long term seem to throw a juicy curve-ball back at you. Anne Marie Brooks, a writer for a weekly health magazine, states: “Muscles grow so rapidly that tendon or ligament damage results during physical activity. Instead of better performance, the user may face weeks or months on crutches, in a brace, in pain. “Ouch! That sounds like the negatives over rule the positives (of steroids) and anabolic steroids don’t sound so good after all. HGH which is a safer alternative of steroids is also used by a lot of athletes. “Human Growth Hormone is produced by the...
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