Steroids In Sports: Sounds Awfully Like Cheating?

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Steroids in Sports: Sounds Awfully Like Cheating? Executive Summary Steroids have been receiving a bunch of attention lately not only in the sports world but also in the mainstream media. The reason for this attention is the fact that the use of these substances is unethical in nature. Any unethical behavior at professional level of any kind is not accepted in society. In business and or politics unethical behavior is illegal and when found out or when it comes out in the open they face serious penalties that usually lead to the downfall of the individual or company. In sports though sometimes it is clear that the actions are unethical many times there is a gray area that cant be distinguished if the actions are ethical or not. These…show more content…
Here are some of the adverse effects associated with anabolic steroid use. In the Cardiovascular system the lipid profile changes, your blood pressure elevates, and you get a decreased myocardial function. The effects on the Endocrine system include Gynecomastia, decrease sperm count, testicular atrophy, and impotence and transient infertility. Dermatological issues include acne and even male pattern baldness. In the Hepatic system you have an increased risk of liver tumors and liver damage. The Musculoskeletal system you begin to have premature epiphyseal plate closures, increased risk of tendon tears, and intramuscular abscesses. Some Psychological symptoms include mania, depression, aggression, and mood swings. All the information was taken from Table 2 of…show more content…
That is what players like Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa gave the United States. They set back to back home run titles. They are also the athletes that were the some of first to get investigated on their alleged use of performance enhancing drugs. Mark McGwire was first tattled on by fellow player Jose Canseco as far back as 1992, however there was no solid evidence and nobody wanted to make a big issue at the time. However, like all ethical issues they surface, if not earlier than later. In 1998 Mark McGwire broke the all time single season home run record and the years following is when all the investigations began. Not only did the MLB start investigating but it went as far as congressional hearings being held to see the extent of the use of these illegal substances in the league. In my opinion I believe it was the reason that he retired in 2001. There was so much pressure from every direction on him that he had no choice but to get out of the big picture. But to this day there is doubt on his career and all his records, all from his use of these substances. Sammy Sosa, a player for the Chicago Cubs, also had a fabulous streak from 1998 through 2001 but to this day his image is stained with his ties to the use of these banned substances. In fact he couldn’t get a contract to stay and play in the league, due to the fact that no organizations wanted any ties to him. To protect

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