Anabolic Steroid use in Sports The competitive drive to win at all cost is fierce among athletes. Winning at all cost often includes using one of many performance enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids. Many athletes use performance enhancing drugs, like steroids, to achieve
Athletes are always searching for ways to enhance their performance. Recently, beginning in the 1950s, that search has included the use of illegal substances like steroids and growth hormones. Illegal substances have been used widely by athletes in hop es of achieving the desired
From the beginning of history, professional and amateur athletes have tempted to use legal or illegal drugs to enhance their performance (1). Athletes have used pharmacological agents, called Performance-enhancing drugs(PEDs), to enhance performance or to become leaner or more muscular (2). In sports, administration of drugs that are forbidden by international world anti-doping agency (WADA) is referred as doping (3). Anabolic androgenic agents (AASs) are the most popular agents that are abused by the athletes, especially bodybuilding athletes. Besides these agents, other classes of drugs such as stimulants and peptide hormones (growth hormone and insulin) are new PEDs that are abused by a lot of athletes in the different sports (1). Other than these compounds, athletes often use dietary supplements like creatine, protein, and vitamins to enhance strength and increase body mass (4-6).
For example, steroid abuse can cause mood swings, fatigue, loss of appetite, restlessness, insomnia, reduced sex drive, jaundice, and steroid cravings that lead to its continued abuse (National Institute on Drug Abuse). For men specifically, continued steroid use leads to "shrinking of the testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, development of breasts, [and] increased risk for prostate cancer" (National Institute on Drug Abuse). For women, continued use leads to "growth of facial hair, male pattern baldness, changes in or cessation of the menstrual cycle, enlargement of the clitoris, [and] deepened voice" (National Institute on Drug Abuse). In addition to the aforementioned effects, stunted growth and premature puberty have been widely reported in adolescents (Zundel).
The Plunge: A lifestyle of Cheating Gym Candy, ‘roids, juice, pumpers, weight trainers, clear, beans and hype (Steroids and their). All of these words are slang for the illegal substance known more commonly as anabolic steroids and HGH (human growth hormone). The controversy surrounding anabolic steroids and HGH in sports has
To obtain a naturally muscular body it is essential to have a solid diet and workout plan; rather, than taking steroids and HGH drugs. There is a big concern for this issue as the majority of people have a misconception about these drugs. They use steroids and HGH thinking it
Gage Mollura Professor Belyi Comp 1- 7AM 5 August 2015 Long Term Dangers of Steroid Abuse Anabolic Steroids are commonly viewed as a miracle drug in order to increase muscle growth and definition, but what most users of the drug don’t know are the life altering effects that prolonged use can cause. When the drug was released in the late 50’s by scientists working for the Soviet Union, they had no idea what the lasting effects were going to be. At first the drug seemed to be almost a miracle, it helped the Soviet weightlifting team beat the American team by a long shot, but then the lifters began to experience certain bodily changes that were actually the onsets of horrendous life changing side effects that could have been prevented with further studies. Since that time, most states in North America and around have banned the distribution and use of the drug completely due to its adverse effects on the body, if caught using such drugs in professional sporting communities, it could land the athlete thousands of dollars’ worth of fines and they can even face up to five years in jail if they are found with the drug in their possession. On top of this, the risks involved can potentially alter the normal way of life for that athlete for the rest of his life, such risks include hormonal changes, cardiovascular problems, behavioral issues, and even problems with the reproductive system.
Some people have, delayed puberty, steroid hormone deficiency or a disease of some sort that caused a loss of lean muscle mass, such as cancer and AIDS. This is of course completely legal. Athletes only use steroids to increase the fat free mass in their bodies, lose fat, increase muscle strength and improve endurance, and maximize their performance. (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2012) Anabolic steroids get abused very differently than other drugs, they do not affect the brain the same. Some athletes say they feel good about themselves while using steroids. Unfortunately they may also have extreme mood swings and anger that can lead to violence as a side effect. (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2012). According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Researchers have also observed that users may suffer from paranoid jealousy, extreme irritability, delusions, and impaired judgment stemming from feelings of invincibility” (National Institute on Drug Abuse,
Nonmedical anabolic steroids are banned by most major sports organizations, yet some athletes proceed to use them to enhance their sports game. It may help them now, but in the long run it it causes serious physical and psychological problems. Both teens and adults use steroids. It’s important for
Steroids can cause serious harm to the human body. They're really bad for the mental health of a person. Steroids are addictive if abused in the body. Gaining muscle can occur through using steroids but medical use should be the only reason for their intake because of the harmful effects on the human body, the mental health of the user and the fact that they are addictive. Steroids should be used with precaution since they so easily cause so much damage to
Abstract: With the increase of competition has also come the need to become bigger and stronger than the opponent. The use of steroids among athletes has caused the focus of the game to change. No longer does an athlete want to win by doing their best, but they want
Do Steroids Really “Enhance” Your Body? Bodybuilding is a sport that has been around for decades and encompasses big names from “the golden era of bodybuilding” like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbo, and Lou Ferigno and modern day bodybuilders like Phil Heath and Kai Greene. Their impeccable physiques attained from their hours of strenuous lifting and strict diets allowed them to be adored and looked up to by many. Surrounding this aurora is the controversial use of steroids. Steriods can cause permanent damage to the human body.
Many However, steroids should remain illegal because they physically deteriorate the whole body system. When injected one risks the chances of developing hematoma and contracting AIDS. In women steroids contribute to the growth of facial hair, enlargements of the clitoris, shrinkage of the uterus, sterility, deepening of the voice, decrease in breast size and irregularity of the menstrual cycle. In men steroids cause shrinkage of the testicles, decrease in sperm count, sterility, impotence, prostate enlargement and growth of female breast. In both men and women hair loss, liver ailments, acne, atherosierosis and cancer are very common. This dangerous drug shortens the life span up to twenty years and increases the chance of obtaining diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and hypertension. The side effects and reactions from enduring anabolic steroids are endless.
Anabolic Steroids In today’s society, athletes are revered as heroes. There is immense pressure to be the best. Athletes are willing to do whatever it takes to gain an edge, even if it means compromising their health. For almost three decades, athletes have been supplementing their strength program with anabolic steroids to enhance their performance. To be sure, anabolic steroids are effective supplements to strength training programs, but there is no doubt that the consequences can be deleterious.
In today’s society in athletics, muscle mass and strength seem more important than in years past. It is believed that many athletes use anabolic steroids to increase their muscle mass and also their strength. Anabolic steroids are a group of synthetic hormones that promote the storage of proteins and the growth of tissue, sometimes used by athletes to increase muscle size and strength. Before the mid 1970’s the use of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) was used mainly by highly trained athletes especially those involved in weight training. Since then other athletes including those involved in recreational sports and non-competitive sports have started using the steroids. Steroids are also being used by many school age children