Did you know that drugs, like steroids can have long lasting effects that go on way past their career. I am writing about the use of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED’s) in professional sports. I believe that athletes should not be allowed to use the PED’s because they give whoever uses them unfair advantages such as running faster and stronger, hitting harder, and punching harder.
Players gained a lot of muscles quickly (also unhealthy, but no one knew) and raced to hit more home runs than their opponents. This has created a huge discussion throughout MLB on how to crack down on these players and how to prevent it from happening in the future. Even though he’s the all time leader in home runs, points, and hit percentage, Barry Bonds’ name will forever be marked as the “bad guy” because of he used steroids. In the July of 2013, Ryan Braun, an outfielder, was under a 65 game suspension for taking steroids. Shortly after, 12 MLB players were given a 50 game suspension. Alex Rodriguez is under huge a 200 game suspension (which he is currently on) from taking steroids and then giving them out to his team. (Baseball). Steroids are used in sports, for the most part, to amplify the performance of athletes. In most cases, the steroids used among athletes are anabolic types. Anabolic actually means “build or increase mass”. These steroids have been in use by high school, college, and professional athletes all around the globe for centuries.
Steroids are a hot topic of debate and controversy in the world of athletes and sports. Steroids fall under the umbrella of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and are a dark cloud that have been hovering over the sports world for a long time. In the world today, steroids are the most relevant in major league baseball. Many baseball players, such as Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, and Mark McGwire, just to name a few, have ruined their reputations because of steroids. There are repercussions for PED use in major league baseball, which have cut down on the substance abuse by players but have nowhere near eliminated the problem.
Furthermore, steroids are terrible for the sports world in general. Athletes who abuse steroids cheat the game and themselves. “The use of performance-enhancing drugs by professional athletes, or doping, has been acknowledged as a problem since at least the 1960s” (Performance Enhancing Drugs In Sports Fast Facts). Many superstar athletes had their reputation completely ruined because of being caught of cheating the game they play. Steroids are ruining professionals sports the more and more athletes decide to abuse performance-enhancing
Steroids are used for sports, or any sort of body building. Athletes use steroids because they believe it gives them a more competitive edge on other athletes. They do not fear the consequences of what could happen to their body. Athletes only think of the upside to what they are getting. Some examples of athletes that have used steroids are Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Lance Armstrong, to name a few. Many people speculated Barry Bonds taking PED’s, but when he was tested ,there was nothing found. Then the idea of undetectable steroids came up. “When told that he has never failed a steroid test, as others have failed, they argue that some steroids are undetectable.”( Coleman,18). Steroids may have lifted Barry’s career, but there will always be a dent in his
The Intelligence Square U.S. held a debate about whether or not the government’s rules on performance enhancing drugs should be ban in professional sports. For the debate they had Radley Balko, Investigative Journalist, Norman Fost, Professor of Pediatrics and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin, and Julian Savulescu, Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford argue for the motion. They argue the fact that the medicines we take on a daily basis from the pharmacy are also performance enhancers. This goes back all the way to the Romans who once used herbs to improve themselves for battle, making them believe that the only exception that separates this from steroids is that it is illegal. On the other hand, you have
The abuse of steroids among players in Major League Baseball is corrupting the image of America?s Pastime as well as endangering the health of those who use the illegal substances. The lack of testing and punishment for the use of illegal substances like steroids in the Major Leagues portrays a negative image to aspiring young athletes. They see their role models using steroids and becoming better athletes rather than seeing suspensions for the illegal behavior or the negative health effects.
American Football: The Most Dangerous Sport An F-16 pilot endures a G-force of 9 when he takes off; American football players endure a G-force of 150 on the field(Football Physics). The debate about how dangerous some sports are a hot-topic in society. No matter what level of competition you study you will find football is the most dangerous sport. Between the amount of deaths and length of an injury there is a lot that could make sports dangerous.
Steroids saved baseball. When Ben Walker, a journalist in Association Press, was asked about this idea he answered, “Steroids saved baseball. . . When it came to making baseball popular again and turning it into a booming business, nothing did the job like home runs. Particularly 500-foot home runs”(qtd. in Bevevino) This point has a big impact on many people’s view on the use of steroids, even mine. Even though PEDS are illegal and immoral, they did bring back the popularity in America’s pastime. The MLB just recovered from a players strike in 1994, ending the season prematurely. The attendance the next year at MLB games was 12 percent lower and was plummeting. Then PEDS became a fad within the league, in fact the National Baseball Hall of Fame said “In 1996, a whopping 17 players hit 40 or more home runs. The 1993 season saw only five players hit that many long balls. The span from 1996-2001 saw at least a dozen players per season smack 40 or more homers.”. This blasted the popularity driving it up 44 percent. This shows that steroids in fact did save baseball no matter if they are moral or legal.
Have you ever notice how some athletes are getting bigger then used to be. For example Barry Bonds was in shape but he was not very strong. Then all of the sudden he was really big and strong. That did not happen because he worked really hard in the gym; it was because he injected himself with steroids. Because of the fact that he injected himself he set the record for most home runs with 756, which put him past Hank Arron. Barry Bonds went from a contact hitter to a power hitter. Without steroids Barry most likely would have never broken Hank Arron’s record. This situation shows the power of steroids and how they affect sports like baseball. Steroids affect all levels of sports. You may not think about it but some kids in high school
The game of Baseball is an American pastime. During the late 19th century and early 20th century it was the most widely played sport in the country. Baseball back then was what video games and televisions is to us now. Throughout the years baseball has changed in some good ways and in some bad ways. The integrity of the game has been changed in a bad way by steroids. Steroids is what makes the game today so much different than it was back then. Of course steroids have been a controversy in this game for a long time but not to the extent it is right now in the late 90s , and 2000s. The punishments that they give right now for steroid use is
Steroids should be banned from all sport activities! This is an important topic because athletes from all over the world haven been caught cheating by using performance enhancing drugs. By doing that they are not only disrespecting the sport they participate in but they are disrespecting the other athletes, and especially their own body because there are side effects of steroids use. Steroids have caused a lot of damage to athletes but not only them also the ones who consume it. People who tend to take steroids have been labeled as cheaters and cowards which is not a good reputation for anybody. Steroids have been a problem in sports for a very long time, all sports organizations have tried to stop the use of steroids but somehow people still manage to get away from it. The people who use steroids have an upper hand then everyone else, they can help with an athlete performance even with healing. Steroids should be banned from all competition not only just for the reason that it help people cheat the system but because it ruins a lot of people’s health by using these embarrassing drugs.
These so called dangerous drugs help people with their health in many ways. Steroids are a miracle drug for burn victims, cancer patients, and those infected with HIV. For example, Jeff Taylor, who has been diagnosed with HIV as he was near death with having only two “T” cells and decided to test an old bodybuilding drug. As a result, he gain over 300 “T” cells which helped him keep living life. With this in mind, seeing how much good steroids can do; though, the media makes the drug look evil. When people die the public always question what was the real cause of it and when the media realizes they took a certain drug they blame that. Like when an athlete takes steroids and then is diagnosed with cancer; however, there is no link found by taking steroids and cancer, so the society just wants to make this drug look terrible. Also in all honesty, there are more problems than the propaganda of steroids such as alcohol, tobacco, and texting while driving, but as people are blinded to see the other problems in society. Furthermore, look what it has done to the sports world. Steroids impacted baseball the most around the late 80’s and 90’s when America’s pastime was popular again as it almost died in the 80’s. Then, once the players would be hitting one towering home runs after another people would go back to the games, buying more merchandise, and flying to cities to see these athletes. This helped the economy in America as not everyone has realized. Taking steroids does not mean you will perform better at first try. These people still have to work hard to lift 700 lbs. or hit a 90 mile an hour fastball. Nothing is given in competition as athletes still put their blood, sweat, and tears everyday to be the best one can
Do you feel that PED’s should be allowed in sport? The problem is that players use PED’s or Performance Enhancing Drugs to get an advantage over their opponents. Despite the advances in technology for discovering PED’s, there is still a great number of people who get away with PED’s. Many people continue to use PED’s and will continue to use them until they get caught, and even after they get caught. Performance enhancing drugs should not be allowed in sports, resulting in more fair competition.
After doing research on the use of steroids and their effects I have came to the conclusion that steroids is only bad thing if it is abused. Just like any other drug. A lot of people don't know what to do with the good things in life. While all the negative effects of steroids are told to us we are ignoring how steroids can actually help us. Especially in Athletes. Many people believe that athletes that “juice” are cheating. In reality they are not cheating because they are doing just what they think will help them improve and make them the best at what they love to do. There is always room for im-provement and creating all those negative side effects such as irritable and dangerous behavior is right and okay for athletes to