Androgenic Steroids Research Paper

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Today in the athletic community, young and old, everybody is trying to trump their competitors by getting the edge over them wether its running faster, jumping higher, lifting more weight, or just simply performing better overall. However some of these athletes are after the same end goal but they are taking a different path to get there. Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) are becoming more and more common among younger athletes these days. There has been much talk with doctors, coaches and parents about the controversy and misconceptions about these drugs and how more athletes are taking these performance enhancing drugs and how they can have many side affects, positive and negative. The goal of this paper is to state that the negative side affects out weigh the potential benefits of Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS).

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A group of scientists created a synthetic version of testosterone to treat patients who could not produce enough testosterone on their own for normal deveolopment of the body. During World War II scientists discovered that (AAS) could benefit soldiers who were malnourished. The soldiers gained weight back and could perform better than before. Later, when the war ended athletes began to use the snythetic form of testoserone (AAS). In the 1956 Olympics people noticed that Soviet wrestlers performed noticably better than before. Dr. John Zeigler a team physician for the U.S. weightlifting team also noticed how the Soviet athletes performed above average along with other countries athletes and later learned that they had been taking Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS). In 1958, Zeigler created his own form of (AAS) in the form of Methandrostenolone with the help of Ciba Pharmaceutical Company. American athletes swarmed the drug and was only used among Olympic athletes but until the early 1970s (AAS) began spreading to other athletes such as professional and
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