Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports Essay

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The use of performance enhancing drugs in sports (doping) is done to improve athletic performance. Doping in sports has become a highly controversial topic among professional sporting venues and in the media. With the increased pressure to perform, high priced contracts, increased competition, and advanced training methods today’s athletes will try to gain an edge by any means necessary. Performance enhancing drugs used by athletes today include Human Growth Hormone (HGH), anabolic steroids, peptide hormones, amphetamines, insulin and stimulants. The reason athletes use performance enhancing drugs is to increase the amount of testosterone produced in the body. The increased testosterone in the body increases muscle strength by enabling new…show more content…
Eugene Robinson from the Washington post claims “Most fans watch sports…to see people unlike themselves perform extraordinary physical feats. The superhuman quality of professional athletes is precisely what Americans admire about them” (p.A25).
Supporters of the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports argue if athletes want to take drugs to improve their performance, why should we determine what risky behavior they take part in unless it directly interferes with our lives? They are not harming anyone else but themselves. They are adults and are capable of making decisions about what they put in their own bodies. Keith Burgess-Jackson, an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Arlington states “…people should be able to use whatever substances they want when they compete. Those who don't want to risk their lives or health should take up another line of work.”
Supporters of PED’s further argue justification by claiming that athletes use dietary supplements, exercises, medical treatment etc. to enhance their performance. They argue that taking protein powder, vitamin pills or spending exuberant amounts of time working out in a gym is also unnatural and enhances performance, but we don’t view that as cheating. “If something can be said to be 'natural', we tend to be okay with it. If it seems lab-made or
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