Why Do College Athletes Use Steroids?

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If an Olympic athlete on a team uses performance-enhancing drugs and then found guilty, the entire team becomes disqualified and must return any medals obtained. Performance-enhancing drugs, PED, spans back centuries in regards to athletes, but the earliest known in American professional teams dates back to 1889. As the years continue, performance-enhancing drugs became high in demand due to wanting a better edge. Even though utilizing PED remains illegal, cases continue surfacing in high school, college, and professional sports. Tests continue to expand and improve in order to catch more substances taken by athletes nowadays. Performance-enhancing drugs tests taken by athletes prove ineffective as a result of known effects, promotion of younger athletes, and ultimately getting caught. Destroying one’s body becomes the repercussion of stopping performance-enhancing drug usage. Anabolic steroids, androstenedione, human growth hormones, erythropoietin, diuretics, creatine, and stimulants--each a banned drug that hold different effects on the body. Anabolic steroids, increase muscle mass and strength, contains the risk for men and women of hypertension, increased low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol), decreased high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol), aggression,…show more content…
Athletes must become educated in regards to the dangers of the drugs--both physically and mentally. Coaches and parents should stay alert for symptoms while taking performance-enhancing drugs. If one notices an athlete taking performance-enhancing drugs, one should seek a treatment option to prevent further use. Sports need to equal the playing field by everyone using their natural ability, but this could never happen if performance-enhancing drugs continues as a
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