Anabolic Steroids In Professional Sports

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Athletic Enhancement How many athletes strive to be"the best"? How many athletes take winning to the extreme? How many athletes live and die on their performance? How many athletes depend on their performance as their livlihood for survival; either financially or personally? Lately, there have been several professional athletes who have been caught for "doping". Why did they choose this as an option for themselves? What health risks are they taking? What choices are the most popular? Some athletes strive to improve their performance and gain an athletic edge against their competitor. The competitve drive is so fierce that they have made a decision to take a muscle building supplement or performance enhanicng drug to gain that…show more content…
If an athlete is interested in focusing on improvment in this area they will increase their muscle mass and strength. There is a natural steroid produced in the human body that is call testosterone. Testerone has two effects on your body. Androgenic effects on the body would cause you to have a deeper voice and to have more facial hair. The anabolic effect would promote muscle building. The anabolic steroids that athletes use are a synthetic modification of testosterone. The standard use for this type of drug was not meant for improving athletic performance but it is frequently used for that purpose. This hormone does have approved medical uses such as hormone replacement therapy. It is taken as an injection, pill or topical treatments. Anabolic steroids are popular because their use helps athletes to recover quicker from hard workouts or allows them to workout more frequently without overtraining. This is a more popular choice for a more serious and intense athlete. It reduces muscle damage, but builds muscle at the same time. Sometimes athletes experience an agressiveness as a side effect and the athletes tend to like the agressive…show more content…
This can be a prescribed drug as a controlled substance but is still illegal for use in the United States but is popluar for body builders. The risks are almost the same as the anabolic steroid use including the acne and baldness but it is a greater risk of stroke or heart attacks because the good cholesterol (HDL) is lower. Human growth hormone, also known as gonadotropin, is a hormone that acts like an anabolic steroid by the side effects that is associated with it. It still improves performance and muscle mass and is only available as a prescription that is an injected drug. It does not prove to gain strength or endurance. Some of the side effects are more annoying to an athlete due to fluid retention, muscle weakness, carpal tunnel syndrome, cardiomyopathy, high cholesterol, risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and joint pain. These are not necessarily appealing so this has more risks than
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