The Positive And Negative Effects Of Anabolic Steroids

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More than 1.5 million people in the United States use anabolic steroids today. Six percent of all seniors in high school and 90% of professional bodybuilders use steroids each and every year. Athletes who take steroids take the risk of acquiring physical and physiological problems for a chance of greatness. I will discuss what anabolic steroids are, there affects and usage in sports, types of steroids, and their effects on the body. Anabolic steroids are a synthetic form of testosterone that enhance and promote tissue growth, increase size, strength, and improve endurance. Anabolic steroids have many positive and negative effects on the body therefor athletes will risk taking these illegal substances to gain a physical edge to become more competitive in the sport they compete in. All athletes young and old know the consequences of being caught using steroids. Although Iowa does not allow teens to be tested for anabolic steroids do to legal obstacles other states can test student athletes for performance enhancing drugs. Many high school athletes do not know the severe down sides to taking steroids they only look at the positive sides. Penalty’s include loss of playtime and suspensions and depending on how many offenses you have you may get banned or released from your team. These also come along with hefty fines. Steroids are also running rapid through professional level sports; baseball is the guiltiest. It is estimated that anywhere between 50 to 85% of professional
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