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Should Steroids Be Banned from Sports

By ladypirate22 Dec 04, 2008 697 Words
A young basketball player sees one of his star professional role models all buff and big. When asked how he got in such shape the professional athlete only had one word to say “STEROIDS”. Should steroids be banned from sports? My answer to this question without doubt is yes. Why? I have three good reasons why. 1) Athletes are encouraging teenagers to use them; 2) it is unfair to the players of the past who have records and statistics to be overshadowed by players who have cheated their way by using the drug, and 3) it is unfair to the player that does not use them, they will not be able to compete a t the same level and will therefore fall behind. The primary use of steroids in health care is to reduce inflammation and other disease symptoms. Steroid inhalers have an important role in reducing deaths from asthma; local steroid injections are useful in treating painful joints and ligaments. Steroid creams are used to treat eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions. Steroids make the whole immune system less active, which can be very useful in illnesses where there is an immune component. Steroids are the ultimate anti-inflammatory drugs. So why on earth would anyone who is perfectly healthy want to take steroids? The reason is that one particular type, anabolic steroids, has another side effect which is to stimulate muscle growth.

Steroids first became an option to athletes in the Olympics and other major sporting events. Now a skinny fifteen-year-old can just walk down to his gym and find people who sell steroids or he can find someone who knows someone that sells them. Steroids are a very attractive drug. While steroids seem harmless they can and do have some risky factors, some factors even including death. There have been many deaths in our society due to the use of steroids.

Some users of steroids believe that because steroids are legal, and because it is the decision of the person taking the drug to take them, steroids are not causing a problem in society. It has been said that the widespread use of steroids among athletes is forcing young athletes to use steroids. Why are young athletes using steroids? It is because they know that they can not compete at the level against their opponents who are using steroids to go to the next level of performance. But hey using steroids is what people say competition is supposed to be about.

There has not yet been any definite medical reason to prove that steroids are linked to severe medical conditions. But there are warnings that come from users that are currently dealing with medical difficulties due to steroid abuse. Some professionals will even admit to their former steroid abuse hoping to persuade young athletes that the results from using steroids dos not pay off in the end. If someone who was currently abusing steroids was to listen to what a former steroid user or addict had gone through that person might even give up on their addiction. In the end these people will have the advantage because they will be the ones who are going to live a longer and happier life. If professional athletes are seen taking steroids or are heard taking steroids then a high school athlete I am pretty sure is going to be kicking the thought around in is head about taking steroids and trying them out for himself. I believe that steroid use could also be lowered in high school if their high school P.E. teacher taught them about the effects of using and taking steroids and about how your life will look in the long run. Some surveys suggest that 2.5% of high school pupils in the US will have taken illegal steroids at some time. This is particularly worrying considering the very high risks of steroid abuse in those under the age of 18. The banning of steroids would not only help the people who are currently taking them and abusing them get off their addiction but it would also help those who are thinking about taking them before they ruin their lives

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