Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Athletics

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Over the past couple of decades performance-enhancing drugs and steroids have become more of a part of mainstream culture. Performance-enhancing drugs have become a great problem very quickly and are just now being addressed among major sports. Steroids were originally meant to be used to treat medical conditions or to recover faster from an injury. There are many different reasons why people use performance-enhancing drugs. 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. Performance-enhancing drugs and steroids have become a major issue in sports. Steroids are man-made chemicals that are similar to the male hormone testosterone (Skancke 14). Athletes and others abuse performance-enhancing drugs to develop bigger, stronger muscles, improve physical appearance, or enhance sports performance (Leonard 36). The use of performance-enhancing drugs can date back to the first Olympic Games. Athletes would gorge themselves with meat, which was not normal in a Greeks diet. They also experimented with herbal medications, drank wine potions, used hallucinogens, or ate animal hearts or testicles to enhance their performance. The origin of the word “doping” comes from the Dutch word “doop,” which is a viscous opium juice, the drug that ancient Greeks drank (“Sports and Drugs”). The use of steroids in high schools can date back to 1959 when a Texas physician gave members of a

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