The Argument for Peds

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Former Notre Dame Football coach, Knute Rockne, once said, “Show me a good and gracious loser and I’ll show you a failure,” (“The Future of Steroids”). The importance of winning in sports and being the greatest has grown immensely. This unquenchable desire to be stronger, faster, and more agile than the opponent, has caused many athletes to stop at nothing to be the best; this pressure has caused athletes to take banned and illegal substances known as performance-enhancing drugs (Performance-enhancing drugs) to achieve maximum strength and speed. The use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs in sports has been obvious to many spectators and sports enthusiasts for quite some time now, and athletes who have been found guilty of taking performance-enhancing drugs have received critical response from the public. Fans of all ages have been looking up to their favorite athletes only to be let down by the athletes’ use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs. The disappointment by fans is caused by the notion that the athletes are cheating, and that performance-enhancing drugs are detrimental to the athletes. Fans do not want to cheer or admire someone the sport has deemed a cheater of the game and of himself. However, doping in sports is more beneficial to the individual and the economy than it is detrimental. As a result, the government should remove the punishments and bans associated with doping in sports and legalize steroid use, with specific limitations thus leaving the final decision up to the athletes. Before performance-enhancing drugs were used as a way to become stronger and faster for competition, they were used for medicinal uses. “The first therapeutic use of steroids occurred in the 18th century when English physician William Withering used digitalis to treat edema,” (“History of Steroids”). Medicine, like other areas of science, has made vast strides over the past few hundred years. Coincidentally, steroids, a natural substance in the human body, has been altered and tampered with to be used for other means for the human body. The main reason athletes use Performance-enhancing drugs now are to increase their muscle mass and strength (Mayo Clinical Staff). The first occasion of steroid use in competition was during the 3rd Olympiad. Ever since then, steroids in sports have grown exponentionally. Governments in some countries have encouraged and even to some degree forced the use of Performance-enhancing drugs in sports. One example of this is the “East German swimming team that sued the government in 1976 for giving them anabolic steroids,” (Khan). Evidently, Performance-enhancing drugs have been mainstream in sports before they were significantly changed. The progression of performance-enhancing drugs has become so great that they are very difficult to detect in the users’ body (Khan). If athletes have been taking Performance-enhancing drugs before they were altered to be undetectable in the users’ body, then it is a very good chance that athletes still take Performance-enhancing drugs. According to a Sports Illustrated report, “15 million Americans use Performance-enhancing drugs, and 3 million of those use anabolic steroids,” (McCallum). However, Performance-enhancing drugs have not been mastered. Because Performance-enhancing drugs have been banned and decreed illegal, “very little research has been done on Performance-enhancing drugs to reduce the health risks,” (“Athletes Will Never Stop Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs”). A common chemical in the human body, has had a short history, but has made a splash in the world of sports. Although performance-enhancing drugs are thought to be detrimental to the user, there are a lot of benefits that come along with taking performance-enhancing drugs. The most obvious benefit of performance-enhancing drugs is that they make the consumer stronger. “Studies have shown that anabolic steroids increased muscular strength by 5-20%” (Khan). As a result, better athletes are...
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