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The Pros And Cons Of Steroids In Sports

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Steroids in sports has been one of the biggest controversial topics since 1904 when Olympic marathon runner, Thomas Hicks, used a mixture of brandy and strychnine and nearly died. However, the use of PED’s (performance enhancing drugs) dates all the back to 776 BC with the Ancient Greek athletes. In sports todays the question is whether or not these types of drugs should be banned from competition.
In sports today it is all about entertaining the common people. Americans tune in every night to watch one of their favorite sports programs. The New York Yankees are playing the Boston Red Sox. Alex Rodriguez steps up to the plate and stares down the pitcher on the mound. The pitcher gets the call from the catcher and winds up to throw. He
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Arguments that steroids should be banned from competition make valid points on health risks and how it gives unfair advantage. These athletes however are not gaining an unfair advantage. Steroids, like stated before, give an athlete increased muscle mass and boosts stamina during activity. It still takes a tremendous amount of skill to hit a ninety nine mile per hour fastball, catch a thirty yard pass while getting hit by a defender, or dunking a ball overtop of an opponent. Steroids do not boost skill and athleticism, it boosts fatigue rate and muscle mass.
If used correctly and not treated heavily or abused, steroids have very little health risks to athletes. Through the 70’s and 80’s NFL defensive powerhouse Lyle Alzado admits his use of anabolic steroids, and even stated that 90% of all athletes he knew were juicing up as well. Many cases like Alzados are also reported including Steve Courson (Steelers), Jim Haslett (Bills), Five players from the Oakland Raiders, and Shawne Merriman (Chargers). All these players state they participated in anabolic steroid usage along with saying most people in the NFL are. Some cases even included team doctors affirming player use of steroids and some even taught them proper ways of injection. So during the 70’s and 80’s if all NFL players were juicing up, what gave steroids such a bad reputation, and eventually the cause to ban them from competition?
In 1928 the International Association of
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