Sports Enhancing Drugs Essay

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Research Paper: Pros and Cons of Performance Enhancing Drugs They were introduced to people as a medicine to help cure hypogonadism. This is a condition which causes insufficient testosterone. These are the famous performance enhancing drugs or as we all are familiar with, steroids. Since early years until this present day, there have been many arguments debating over several issues in our society such as abortion, death penalty, adoption, or even religion. Today, sports and drug use are among the most controversial topics and make for a great headliner. According to David Robinson, opponents argue that people who consume PED’s are “cheaters who gain an unfair advantage” while drug supporters think that “…with pro sport increasing its grasp on society, coupled with the pressures placed on athletes to win at all costs, steroids are here to stay.” So should performance enhancing drugs be allowed in sports? I personally disagree on allowing athletes to consume steroids because of the dangerous risks and many side effects that people don’t want to know. Some of the side effects include: Premature death, Cancer (all types), Liver damage, Kidney damage, Prostate damage, Enlarged clitoris, Shrunken testicles, Extreme acne, Addiction, Psychosis, Impotence, Infertility, Baldness, Irritability, Aggressiveness, Depression, Mood swings, Reduced sperm count, Pain/difficulty urinating, Uncontrollable anger/rage, increased susceptibility to injuries, Increased susceptibility to infections, Premature closure of growth plates (adolescents), HIV/AIDS from the sharing of needles, Menstrual irregularity/cessation, Breast enlargement (males), Breast reduction (females), Increase in male characteristics (females), Heart and circulatory problems . Steroids are life threatening and have consequences, but athletes refuse to understand this. The
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