Student Athlete Cheating

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On TV, you see athletes being put on trial for Cheating. So what makes these athletes cheat? Athletes would be more cautious because they are being viewed by everyone. But you would think that they cheat to have the fame and money but it’s not, it’s to survive their sport, (Bill Gifford). Surviving the sport that they are in is hard because there are rookies coming into the game that have trained harder than these pervious athletes. Athletes cheat so they don’t have to train as hard to the point of this is so that they’re the best at there position. British cyclist David Millar had used testosterone boosters, "The moment you dope you become 10 times more of a professional," "You say, 'this is no longer a sport, this is my job.”(Bill Gifford) There are many ways to cheat in sports. The main way to cheat is the usage of supplements that enhance your body to new levels of performance. Those supplements would be steroids, human growth hormone, testosterone boosters, and other supplements that induce your body with high level of endurance and stamina. Anabolic steroids are synthetic hormones that can boost the body's ability to produce muscle and prevent muscle breakdown. Some athlete’s take steroids with the hopes that they will improve their ability to run faster, hit harder, lift more weight, jump higher, or have more endurance (Kid’s Health). All supplements can damage the human body, because the body is not able to with-stand the dosage or the chemicals that are contained in them. It takes time for the body to show damage from these chemicals. After taking steroids it can takes years to find out that you have an enlarged heart or even in some cases it can create tumors in your body that will kill the user (Kid’s Health). You would hope that this is just a problem with professional but unfortunately it’s not, it occurs in high school as well. These teen athletes don’t know what they’re getting into. A kids dream is to be as good as their role model; so high school athletes see these pros cheating and believe that if they can do it, so can they. The thought of being bigger, faster, and stronger also comes into play. This is where they start with supplements such as creatine and small amounts of testosterone boosters. They don’t see the results that they wish would occur, so steroids are their next choice. The percentages of kids that have taken steroids have risen from 6 percent to 11 percent (Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy). Coaches are scared that their players are taking performance enhancement drugs. High schools have now initiate routine drug testing that can catch the slightest use of steroid and other drugs. The only bad thing is that most schools can’t afford these so these kids have less routine checks. The lack of testing causes more kids to consume performance enhancing drugs. Since College is the level that these kids want to play at and the fact that scouts look for kids that show skill athletes will do anything to their body to impress the scouts and get to play at the college level. At one of my weight lifting meets, we were facing a tough school. One kid in my weight class was insanely strong. I knew he had been taking some kind of supplement because we had another match with them in the past and he was not as strong then nor, did he have the body mass that he has now. Just seeing him lift an extra 90 pounds in both lifts was suspicious. I know for a fact that their coach helped them out because they pour supplements in there drinks before the competition; when the rule states that you are not allowed until the end of the event. Top high school teams are pressured to win, while being pressured they believe taking steroids can help them. According to Ken, a football player, “It gives an unfair advantage to players and takes opportunities away from other players who are trying to make it on their own.”

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