Should Steroids Be Banned?

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The third argument presented is that even if steroids are banned, they should not be banned from sports because there are a multitude of other risks already associated with sports, and steroids increase competition. Just last year, a media car ran Johnny Hoogerland off the road during the Tour de France, sending him headlong into barbed wire. Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann famously had his leg broken and career ended mid-game, and the devastating long term effects of concussions are rapidly becoming apparent.(Smith 1). Sport is an inherently risky activity, be it any kind or form of sport, therefore using the argument that steroids are harmful is one that should not apply within the sporting arena. If one applies the same logic, it could be argued that sports themselves should be banned as they are dangerous and harmful. Individuals themselves elect to play in sports and so it is their choice if they want to do so, knowing full well the risks associated with it. Steroids make a person stronger by vesting greater strength in them and the ability to endure the physical hardships associated with sports, which would make them less susceptible to bodily injuries (Lucas 45). This would make sports itself a safer field and improve competition within sports as well. What one needs to remain cognizant of is that steroids are not equivalent to hard drugs, such as LSD or opium, rather they merely enhance the traits already present within an individual. Consumption of

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