Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports

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The growth and use of performance enhancing drugs makes them no longer a taboo subject among professional athletes, and is starting to become in fact rampant among athletes. There appears to be no end in sight when leagues like the NFL and NCAA have weak testing programs. Traditional locker rooms in the NFL have a few steroid users and have many HGH abusers due to the NFL’s weak testing programs. HGH has become a rampant issue for the NFL, because it allows the average NFL player to gain an edge on the competition without the risk of getting caught. Steroids in sports is an epidemic among players trying to gain an edge, which leads to increased usage of steroids. The use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs are unacceptable, but with the testing by the NFL and the NCAA which is sporadic at best. It allows players to get away with repeated use and abuse of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. Both leagues have had many players use steroids and many more are getting away with it. The NFL has a few gaps in its system, which give some players incentive to use and get away with steroid use. The NFL doesn’t even test for HGH (human growth hormone) which helps people add on significant weight in a short time. Steroid maker and former body builder David Jacobs directed football players to use HGH during the season, and to use steroids during the offseason.
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