Professional athletes are always in competition with one another. Whether they want to be the leading homerun hitter in the MLB or the fastest sprinter in the Olympics, some athletes will stop at nothing to be the star of their chosen profession. Often times, if strict training doesn’t help, athletes turn to other, often illegal, solutions, such as performance-enhancing drugs. There has been speculation and confirmation about athletes using drugs to further themselves professionally since the late 1800s when amphetamine was first synthesized. This issue has been further publicized since Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal. Since the 1990s, many major athletic organizations have enforced drug testing standards to avoid such scandals. Lance Armstrong’s …show more content…
These victories were revoked in 2012, when the United States Anti-Doping Agency concluded an investigation regarding allegations that Armstrong abused performance enhancing drugs throughout his career. The USADA banned him from competing in sports that follow the agency’s standards, thus ending his athletic career. In January 2013, Lance Armstrong admitted to Oprah Winfrey in a live television interview that he used performance enhancing drugs from the mid-1990s up through his 2005 Tour de France victory. When asked to describe his doping process, Armstrong said: “You had things that were oxygen boosting drugs – for lack of a better word or way to describe it – that were incredibly beneficial for performance or endurance sports, whether it’s cycling or running or whatever. And that’s all you needed. My cocktail so to speak was only EPO, but not a lot, transfusions and testosterone. Which in a weird way I almost justified [referring to testosterone] because of my history. Obviously, the testicular cancer and losing… I thought, surely I’m running …show more content…
Canseco started using performance-enhancing drugs when he was 20 years old, when he played for the Oakland Athletics’ minor team. During his first full major league season in 1986, Canseco hit 33 homeruns and recorded 117 runs batted in as well as winning Rookie of the Year. At this time, Canseco was the only player in baseball using steroids. In his memoir Juiced, Canseco documents his experiences as The Chemist in the MLB, a nickname he received from his peers as he was the player most knowledgeable of steroids at the time. He discusses injecting Mark McGwire, a fellow teammate, with steroids in the bathrooms before games more times than he can remember. Canseco
He had a career average of .266 with 462 homeruns and 1407 RBI during his seventeen years in the big leagues. But like Rose, Canseco made a mistake during his career. His mistake forced him into earlier retirement. Canseco not only used steroids, but he also injected five of his teammates with steroids. Canseco tells his story in his memoir— Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big.
Most athletes will know the risk they are taking by using these substances and their chances of getting caught and kicked out of the sport but they will still be using them. For example, Chafets states, “Like it or not, chemical enhancement is here to stay. And it is as much a part of the national game as $5.50 hot dogs, free agency, and Tommy John elbow surgery”(7). Chafets means that steroids will not go away and will always be used by athletes that will want to perform better. We should accept the steroid use since it will not go away, it will still be used, but just
Most Athletes Do Drugs, But Who Really Cares Athletes using performance enhancing drugs have always been in the media. When a beloved athlete is caught using drugs the media tears them apart. Any one’s favorite athlete could become nothing to them after a drug test. The articles “Cheating and CHEATING” by Joe Posnasnski and “We, the Public, Place the Best Athletes on Pedestals” by William Moller, show two sides of the effects of media as well as fame for athletes. As mentioned, “Cheating and CHEATING” by Posnanski gives its own side to the effects of media.
1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, seven consecutive years Lance Armstrong was the Tour de France winner. Not until after he retired did he confess his true story about using PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs) to win and cheat the drug tests (Khing 52). Seven years in a row he beat the drug test and didn't get caught. Even with the rumor that he was cheating the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) who was responsible for testing in the Tour de France did not try to change their testing for the better to make sure Lance Armstrong was not cheating. Even though many changes would have to be made in sports, drug tests need to be stronger because too many athletes cheat the drug test and it puts other competitors at a disadvantage.
Drugs are a big issue in the sports industry. Many athletes will take performance-enhancing drugs, such as steroids, to help them play better. These types of drugs should not be allowed because it gives the player a greater advantage over other players who are playing with their natural ability. This issue could be solved if there was monthly drug testing and if the drug was not so easy to get ahold of. Many major league baseball players are getting caught using performance-enhancing drugs.
In 1889, Bud Galvin became the first man to use steroids in american sports when he tried to inject hormones from animals into himself. “Charles Brown-Sequard's "Elixir of Life," which became the earliest known performance enhancing drug in American professional sports when Pud Galvin of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys used it in 1889” (VICE). Since then steroids have been a staple in american sports, especially the game of baseball. When people think of the best player in baseball many people will say without even thinking about, Babe Ruth, the great yankee slugger who hit close to 720 homeruns in what people will call the dead ball era. Babe Ruth, however may have been using some sort of performance enhancing drug when he was still playing with
In conclusion, Performance Enhancing Drugs should not be tolerated in any sport, whether professional or amatuer. These drugs are highly dangerous and even lethal to all athletes who use them. It is also unfair to athletes who choose not to use these drugs, as they are performing on their hard work and talent and not relying on an “edge” to help them reach their goals. These drugs are highly addictive, just like any other street drug or alcohol and can be fatal in many cases.
Historical Over the centuries of Olympic Games and high performance sporting events there has been many cases of doping, but there has been none as long running and well-hidden as Lance Armstrong’s doping case which has had a major impact on drug in sport. Lance Armstrong was seen as the world’s best road cyclist, winning the Tour De France seven consecutive times from 1999-2005. However from his first win in 1999 there had been allegations that he was using drugs to enhance his perform and win the Tour De France, but every one of these allegations was denied with Lance Armstrong saying that “He (Michael Ferrari, his training at the time) had never suggested, prescribed or provided me with any performance-enhancing drugs.” (18) His training
Athletes use of performance enhancing drugs has become all too common in today’s society. With many athletes testing positive for doping, sports are becoming tarnished with athletes trying to gain an unfair advantage on their competitors. Although players are tested often for such drugs, there are still many loopholes and some drugs are not detected by current systems. So what would cause an athlete to put their body at risk to gain just a slight edge on their competitor? Sports should be a test of real skill, not artificial skills given by doctors.
In baseball today, the common solution to deal with steroid use is to hand out suspensions. As discussed before, in the Biogenesis scandal some of the big named baseball players were handed suspensions that could have been detrimental to their organizations. As the suspensions were handed out, some of the players had already faced the speculation of being connected to steroids. Alex Rodriguez in baseball today has been a common face with the discussion of steroids due to his big home runs and RBI stats. It has been proven that Alex Rodriguez has abused steroids yet he has continue used them.
Introduction: One of the largest industries in the United States is the professional sports industry; it brought in $63 billion in 2015 1. Professional athletes are seen as strong and talented, but how much of their strength and talent is achieved naturally? Performance-enhancing drugs have been increasingly used in professional sports and are prohibited from being used, but should they be prohibited?
Benchmark Assignment: Ethical Dilemmas In the last twenty-five years, more than 240 cyclists at the elite level were found to have used performance-enhancing drugs. Admitting that the only way to succeed or win at that level of competition, professional cyclists contend that ‘doping’ was a necessity and an inevitable practice to stay competitive (Wang, 2015). Performance-enhancing drugs, or PEDS, are illegal at all levels of sports competition, yet many athletes are willing to take the risk in order to be the best. Legal, physical, and ethical issues no doubt play a significant role when athletes are faced with the decision to dope or not to dope.
Alex Rodriguez has been receiving a lot of attention he has been known for his skills on the ball field but recently got caught using steroids. Alex Rodriguez became a home run champ and a three-time MVP during his years with the Texas Rangers New York Yankees until he was suspended for the entire 2014 season for using performance-enhancing drugs. This research will analyze why athletes dope in sports and how it negatively affects the athlete 's health. Is doping in sports bad for your health? While I was doing my research I found “There are many risks such as severe acne,increased risk of tenditis, tendon rupture and high blood pressure”(mayoclinic).
AS91101 - 2.4 Writing Portfolio Piece Two - Cooper Title: Drugs in sports Drugs have become an integral part of any modern day sporting event. Drugs give an unfair advantage to the user and the competitors that are using enhancements are not using their own full abilities to win the Olympic medal or championship. This makes it unfair to other competitors that are not using a drug or other enhancements to compete. Athletes like Lance Armstrong and Nadzeya Ostapchuk not only give sportsmen and women a bad reputation but influence the way the public think about sports and run the risk of addiction and long-term health issues.
Mahmoud Elbadry Dr. Maha Hassan Rhet 1020-08 13 March 2016 Performance Enhancing Drugs: An Annotated Bibliography Research Question: Why do athletes use performance enhancing drugs, what is the ethical dilemma in using them, and what are the effects of their use on sports? Anderson, Jack. " Doping, sport and the law: time for repeal of prohibition?" International Journal of Law in Context.