Steroid Use in Sports

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Around an astonishing ten to fifteen percent of professional athletes use illegal steroids which are also known as performance enhancing drugs. These substances which are banned in professional sports aren’t just any type of steroid or drug. They are called anabolic steroids or performance enhancing drugs, and they are synthetically produced substances of male testosterone hormones. The use of these illegal steroids has garnered a lot of publicity within the world of sports over the past few years. As athletes continue to become bigger, faster, and stronger many people wonder if this is due to steroid use. This has in turn lead many people to believe that the use of anabolic steroids or performance enhancing drugs has continued to increase over the years. If this is in fact true, new efforts need to be attempted to stop the spread of these illegal substances because the rules implemented by different professional sports leagues have done little to curb this problem so far. Professional athletes who are caught using steroids should be banned from sports. First of all, what exactly are anabolic steroids or performance enhancing drugs and what do they do to the body? Once again, anabolic steroids are naturally occurring male hormone testosterone. Anabolic steroids help athletes become bigger and stronger. The article Anabolic Steroids by ESPN states, “The hormone's anabolic effect helps the body retain dietary protein, which aids in the development of muscles,” (
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