English Comp 1 sec 151 Research Paper
April 29, 2008
Anabolic steroid is widely being used by young teens throughout middle school and high school. Studies reveal that children in fifth, sixth, and seventh grade, aging from 9-13 are using anabolic steroids.(isteroids) Think of a number that would represent the percentage of middle school students that have taken an anabolic steroid at least once. “According to steroid stats of various studies, 5.4% of all middle school students are reported using steroids. This includes 2.6% male students, and 2.8% female students.”(isteroids) “Steroid use is growing among 12-17 year old males, and the average adolescent begins using steroids at age 15.” (Lovitch 2) Steroids have been linked in causing liver cancer, heart attacks, elevated cholesterol levels, and can stop the lengthening of bones. The bodies of young teenagers are still in the early stages of bone a structural growth. Taking Anabolic steroids can slow growth down or even stop it completely creating problems later in life. I believe that teachers in middle schools in the United States need to help there students better understand the dangers of anabolic steroids.
“Anabolic steroids were developed in the late 1930’s primarily to treat hypogonadism, a condition in which the testes do not produce sufficient testosterone for normal growth, development, and sexual functioning.” Even though anabolic steroid was used to treat delayed puberty, it was discovered by scientists that it could also serve another purpose. Bodybuilders, weightlifters, and athletes were soon using to build muscle. By using anabolic steroids one could
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gain muscle mass at a very rapid pace, and also decrease body fat. Athletes first began using in Ancient Greece. They used anabolic steroids to improve muscle growth to gain an advantage on
there competitor. There was not much knowledge of anabolic steroids in the 1930’s so it was being taken without considering or knowing the side effects. All that mattered was that is was giving people a leg up against the opposition. In 1958, the FDA first approved methandrostenolone an anabolic steroid in the U.S. With use continuing from the 60’s through the 80’s doubt still remained as to what the major effects were. As scientists continued to study this unknown drug they began to find out that it was not as good for your body as it looked. Bodybuilders that were using looked huge with not much fat on there bodies at all. In 1990, the U.S. passed the Anabolic Steroid Control Act, which made anabolic steroids an illegal, and controlled substance. This was a big step because it meant that steroids could not be used unless they were controlled under a doctor’s supervision.
It is very hard to believe some of the statistics involving young middle school children and anabolic steroids. I just try to think back when I was in middle school, and think about how my coaches, and teachers influenced my decision on not getting involved with anabolic steroids. I learn many lessons throughout my years of playing baseball guiding me in having a negative feeling towards anabolic steroids. It all started at a young age when I was a young ballplayer. These lessons translated on to middle school where I could understand and appreciate the messages my teachers and coaches where trying to get across. My little league coach was the first to bring to my attention at a young age the dangers of anabolic steroids. In little league I was page 3 of 8
young and immature being only 12 years of age. My coach was also a police officer so he had a stern way of getting a point across. I remember him pulling me aside and explaining how dangerous anabolic steroids were. This was when steroids were first becoming a major problem for young kids that were involved in sports. He would tell me my body would not grow
correctly, and I would not be able to do my...