The Effects Athletes Have in Our Society

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Placed in a competitive setting humans will thrive gaining any possible advantage against their adversaries because after all it is human nature to desire and achieve superiority and triumph against all competitors and challenges faced with. The use of performance enhancing drugs can be dated back to ancient Romans, as early as 668 BC; athletes would study the effects special diets had on their athletic performance in an effort to enhance their performances. From drinking special herbal liquids, eating animal hearts or testicles, and pharmaceuticals; these forms of drugs used have changed as science has made advances throughout the years. Despite the long history of performance enhancing drugs in sports, doping is arguably the most controversial issue in modern day sports. So the question rises, why are performance enhancing drugs not legalized? Various forms of performance enhancement drugs have been utilized for centuries and yet it is still illegal for professional athletes to use these pharmaceuticals (Richard I.G. Holt 84). These drugs should remain illegal, it is an unfair advantage against other athletes constituting it as simple as cheating (Dillingham 91) and most importantly these actions have an effect not only on their bodies but also all of the sport fanatics. Dillingham states that steroids are a form of cheating creating an unfair advantage to those who take them breaking the social contract athletes have implicitly agreed to: We are going to have a fair contest (Dillingham 91). GH abuse became an important issue in 1988 when Ben Johnson’s won the 100 m final at the Olympic Games in Seoul (Richard I.G. Holt 86). Society would soon become to consider the use of GH as a form of cheating. The use of performance enhancement drugs increases the amount of testosterone in the user’s body, which aide’s intense exercise training to build body mass at a
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