Performance Enhancing Drugs

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Athletes are arguably some of the most competitive people in the world and will do whatever is necessary to achieve the goals they have set for themselves. However, some athletes competitive fire drives them to the use of performance enhancing drugs. The use of performance enhancing drugs has always been a controversial topic ever since it was discovered that athletes were doing it. The topic of should performance enhancing drugs be legalized leads to much heated debate and has since been a controversial topic. To understand why athletes have turned to such extreme measures, one must know more about performance enhancing drugs. Performance-enhancing drugs are substances used by athletes to improve their performances in the sports in which they engage. These drugs are known as anabolic-androgen steroids or just anabolic steroids and are taken by athletes “ to increase their muscle mass and strength”(CNN). However, there is an anabolic steroid that is already produced in the male body which is called testosterone. Testosterone has two main effects on the body, androgenic and anabolic. The androgenic effect has control over masculine traits such as deepening of the voice and facial hair. The anabolic effect has control over the building up of muscles. There is a common misconception in society that steroids are the only type of performance enhancing drug. In actuality, steroids are only one type of the vast variety of performance enhancing drugs. There are many different types of performance enhancers to the point that some can be taken orally, injected, and even topically. A few athletes will even take a concentrated amount of testosterone to help boost their performance. Besides the use of anabolic steroids making muscles bigger, it also helps in reducing the amount of damage the muscles take during a workout. This allows athletes to train harder and faster

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