Performance Enhancing Drugs And Performance-Enhancing Drugs In Rugby

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1. Introduction The purpose of this report is to convey the use and abuse of drugs in sports, mainly in Rugby and to discuss the effects and ethics behind it all. The history of drugs and drug control in sports is discouraging; with ill-informed rules being enforced, cheating and ignorance, the hope of it ending does not look bright. Performance enhancing drugs in Rugby is no secret. Many players have been named and shamed in using them over the years and has brought the spotlight over how crooked the sporting life really is. For example, Jamie Durbin, who received a two year ban from the sport after he tested positive for steroids. (Mirror, 2006) It is well known that, Athletes face enormous pressure to excel in competition. Especially, in Rugby as players always feel pressured to be faster, stronger and better in this sport. They also know that winning a match can reap them more than just a trophy. Athletes know that training is the best path to satisfaction and maybe securing a spot on a professional team, but they also get the message that some drugs can give them a quick “help” in their efforts and give them a shortcut, even as they risk their health and their athletic reputations. In such an environment, the use of these performance-enhancing drugs has become increasingly common. By using performance-enhancing drugs may look like an easy out form a vigorous training regime that most athletes have to endure but of course they are not without their risks. The health and

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