My Beliefs on Steroids in Pro Sports
Professional athletes get an unfair advantage by using steroids. Athletes should be banned from using steroids as a muscle enhancer. There are many effects on a person's well being by using steroids. Sports should be based on talent and skill without any type of medicine to enhance a player's game. If athletes are allowed to use steroids, then sports won't be used as a means to show off an athlete's "god given" talents but a challenge to become stronger and more powerful than your opponent. The unfair advantage that the athletes have is a great problem. However, the consequence of taking the drug also holds weight in the debate. Many problems can occur as a result of using steroids. The steroids that are used by athletes are formally known as anabolic steroids. These steroids affect the user's body in both a fast way and long term. And there are different affects for both male and female. Yet, there are some that they share. Predominantly in men there is a reduction in sperm production, impotence, and irreversible breast enlargement. Women develop characteristics that men have. Women decrease in breast size. Their voices deepen along with more growth of body hair. These characteristics in men and women occur physically and noticeably (Internet1). I notice these characteristics in the women of the World Wrestling Federation. Sometimes I even get them confused with their competitors who are mostly men. However, both sexes can have liver cysts and liver cancer by using steroids. Along with the great possibility of having a heart attack, aggression, and AIDS can be other consequences of using steroids (Internet 1). Something that I didn't think of was the chance of catching AIDS from needles used to inject the steroids. I have always thought of steroids as being in a pill form. But it can be taken "orally, injected, and in some cases there is also a rub on cream" (Internet 2). I think that the risks of using steroids outweigh the result of muscle mass obtained by taking this drug. Another problem with this drug isn't just whether athletes use the drug or not, the problem comes with the side affects. And when the people using steroids decide that they want to quit there is another bunch of side affects just to stop. Just to stop taking steroids a person has to go through affects on their body that can be worse than the side affects of taking them, "like sudden changes in attitude, loss of appetite, trouble falling asleep, and depression. Depression that occurs during this time of withdrawal can stay with the ex-user for years if it's not treated" (Internet 2). In the debate on the use of steroids there is also the health issues of taking these drugs that cause a great deal of problems. If steroids were open to all sports, and athletes could take these drugs without any punishment, then we would have thousands of people that would be deteriorating their bodies. There would be an epidemic of manly women and sterile men. The risk of getting cancer from taking these drugs is great and if not at a young age, then down the line from now. If kids in middle school start taking these drugs in their early teens, when they are in their twenties and thirties they run the risk of dying young. Likewise with players that are already at an age that they are ready to retire (late thirties). Players in their late thirties will take steroids thinking that it will make them stronger and able to compete with the younger players. When the time comes for them to retire, they won't see themselves spending money on vacations with their families, but instead on medical bills. Professional athletes are role models to younger athletes and kids in general. Children in their early teens are very easily influenced by their peers and older figures. "Teenagers, looking up to those elite athletes whose muscles ripple with steroid-enhanced power, are picking up some dangerous training tips." (Manning) If those kids see...
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