Professional Athletes and Drug Use Essay

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Professional Athletes and Drug Use

This research paper is about athletes and their use of drugs. The drug that is most

frequently used by athletes is alcohol. Most athletes who use drugs do not get the

punishment that they deserve instead they receive punishment that is too lenient. The

penalties for professional athletes who use drugs are too lenient, they should be more


Examples of drugs that are used by most athletes are the following: Anabolic

Steroids, Dietary supplements, Blood Doping, Stimulants, Narcotics and Corticosteroids,

and Alcohol. Anabolic steroids are used illegally by athletes, to increase muscle mass

and strength. Anabolic steroids are also called Androgenic-anabolic
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Alcohol is a depressant that is used by athletes. A depressant is a

drug that slows down brain and body reactions. "Alcohol is the drug most frequently used

by athletes." 1

The effects of drugs on the users and those around them sometimes do not seem

To be as bad as they really are. The athletes play a vital role as role model for the nations

young people. As athletes they have obligations to their sport, teammates, fans, and most

importantly themselves. Professional sports are a workplace. Pro athletes are paid to play

their sports, just as a doctor is paid to treat his patients, a carpenter is paid to build

houses and a truck driver is paid to drive his truck. Athletes have an example they must

set, but when they use drugs they fail at the example they set. Marijuana and Steroids

affect the human body in various ways, which is what some athletes do not know.

Marijuana is an addictive drug. " Marihuana smoke produces functional, structural,

And irreversible lung changes in long term smokers." 2 Marijuana smoke is more

damaging to the lungs than tobacco smoke. The effects of marijuana in psychiatry

evaluated conditions such as schizophrenia and alcoholism. Steroid use has many

long term effects. Months to years of steroid abuse can lead to liver tumors, sterility

coronary artery disease and increased aggression. In males shrinkage of the testis and

an increase in breast size
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