To tell the truth, steroids just like pretty much everything else in this world, have pros and cons to it. To some athletes the pros outweigh the cons so they take steroids. For others it is the opposite. I am one of the others, I believe the cons outweigh the pros and athletes should not use steroids. People have heard of steroids and some of them know what they are or have a clue to what they are, but some just have no idea.
Although, some people play just for fun and exercise, which is great, many play to win. This is especially true for professional athletes. Some athletes want to win so badly that they will do anything in order to win. This includes cheating. One of the most popular ways to gain a competitive edge on the competition in professional athletes is to use performance enhancement drugs.
The use of steroids not only will increase their level of play but also will increase their confidence level. The author of the article, “Steroids: The Good”, says, “One of the best Androgenic effects of steroids such as testosterone is that they help you think. Being in the zone and that state of complete focus are aided by high testosterone levels” (Ray). Due to the person taking it, the person will think they are more opt to do better because they are on this performance enhancing drug. For example, a baseball player takes steroids.
Now performance-enhancing drugs are being used more then ever by athletes to improve their athletic abilities. Athletes also use steroids because they want to be the best in the sport that they participate in. Even non-athletes are using steroids because they want to gain more muscle without doing all the work. The use of steroids is cheating. Through looking at the effects of performance-enhancing drugs, the unfair advantage they give a player, and the affects they cause others and sports they should be banned completely from the world of athletics.
The Pros and Cons of Using Anabolic Steroids Author: Jesua Condon BIOL 400 (2 credit hours) Instructor: Mr. McGlaughlin 6/09/10 Anabolic Steroids have been the subject of debate for many years. They tend to receive less attention than other illicit drugs and they are not a primary focus in many drug prevention programs. These are only a couple of factors which make Anabolic Steroids somewhat of a mystery to mainstream society. This lack of attention creates the opportunity to look more closely at both the beneficial and harmful aspects of Anabolic Steroids. This article will provide a broad overview of Anabolic Steroids and discuss the pros and cons of their use.
The use of steroids is to try and gain an athletic edge. Steroids can cause a person to get bigger, stronger and faster but they will not give you skill or agility and technique. Many athletes abuse these drugs in order to boost their athletic performance but they may be doing so at a cost. Not only will the athlete be suspended or kicked out of their sport if they get caught, they also may be putting themselves at a serious health risk.
Johnson 1 Tim Johnson Professor Thomas English 101 October 9, 2014 Why pro athletes choose to use performance-enhancing drugs? Most people see pro athletes as superheroes. They have amazing athletic abilities that everyone enjoys watching and want to be around. Pro athletes are living out their dreams of getting paid millions of dollars to play a sport they have played since they were kids. Pro athletes are also viewed as winners because they perform at such a higher level than the average athlete.
In recent times the drugs have become more sophisticated and are made to target a wide range of sporting activities. Anabolic steroids or Testosterone for instance is mainly used in power sports like sprinting, weight lifting and cycling as it helps build increased muscle mass and strength, or in smaller doses can help with muscle recovery. Anabolic steroids were banned from sporting in 1975 after a test was developed to detect there use. Then in 1983 caffeine was also banned this was followed by testosterone, blood doping and Erythropoietin (EPO), although accurate tests for their detection was not found until 2000. ( USADA CEO Travis Tygart 2012) Said, ‘Nobody wins when an athlete decides to cheat with dangerous performance enhancing drugs, but clean athletes at every level expect those of us here on their behalf, to pursue the truth to ensure the win-at-all-cost culture does not permanently overtake fair, honest competition.
Athletes who use steroids to improve their performance don’t harm anyone else except themselves. Without steroids the game wouldn’t be that interesting and entertaining. However, using steroid will actually result into a one-sided game. According to Katz, Jeffrey “The use of performance enhancing drugs is not accidental it is planned and deliberate with the sole objective of getting an unfair advantage.” Athletes are trained to win and entertain the audiences. If one athlete uses blood-boosting drugs and the other one doesn’t, the game will go in favor of one using drugs because it will increase the chance of the athlete to win the game.
Whether or not these are all just side effects of better knowledge, better training, and improved diets, they also point to the use of performance enhancing drugs. The use of these products is not condoned by many people, but steroid users in professional sports are generally over judged due to the public’s lack of knowledge