Why Athletes Use Steroids

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Pledger 1 Mason Pledger Mrs. Daugherty English 9 Honors 20 March 2017 Performance Enhancers and Athletes Why would athletes even need to use performance enhancers? Some athletes use steroids to boost their strength. There are many health risks that steroids can cause. Things like irregular heartbeat and heart failure can occur. I think that athletes who steroids or other drugs to enhance their strength should have a harsher punishment. Athletes need to know not to use steroids because they can get serious health problems. “For athletes that do decide to take steroids on a regular basis, 80% of them show some form of biochemical abnormalities of the liver during medical testing” (“20 Incredible Statistics of Steroid Use in Professional Sports”). …show more content…

There needs to be good examples set for teens so they don’t use steroids at a young age and end up with problems in the future. There should be stricter punishment for steroid use so young people don’t end up using them. Some people say athletes shouldn’t be punished for using steroids because they are just trying to get stronger. “60% of people who use steroids believe that taking steroids is a right of the modern professional athlete” (“20 Incredible Statistics of Steroid Use in Professional Sports”). People don’t think about the fact that steroids actually can harm their …show more content…

Part of the issue may be the fact that visual exposure to heavily muscled men and women in media today has a similar effect that is seen with models and young girls. People judge themselves against the mega bodybuilders and athletes, find themselves lacking, and decide to take steroids so that they can have their “best body” (“20 Incredible Statistics of Steroid Use in Professional Sports”). Athletes using steroids can develop all kinds of health problems and influence other people to start using them, too. Punishment for using performance enhancers should be stricter punishment for using steroids to try to prevent people from using them and endangering their health. Pledger 3 Overall, there should be stricter punishments for athletes using performance enhancers. Steroids are detrimental to a person’s health. Young people are being influenced to use performance enhancers because of athletes who use them. Stricter punishment can prevent athletes from using steroids because they wouldn’t want to be caught and actually go through the

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