Performance-enhancing drugs otherwise known as PEDs are drugs that are commonly used by athletes to enhance their level of play. Performance-enhancing drugs have been around a long time, and were initially introduced in 776 BC - 393 BC. The Ancient Greeks used PEDs during the original Olympic Games in order to have an advantage against their opponents. They were used on and off throughout the years, and became prominent again during the 1900’s where they were used in the modern day Olympics from 1904 - 1920. “Mixtures of strychnine, heroin, cocaine, and caffeine were used widely by athletes and each coach or team developed its own unique secret formulae” (Gold). Decisively, the first rule against doping in sports was established in 1928 by …show more content…
“Armstrong began his career as a professional cyclist with the Motorola team” (“Lance”). Armstrong was later stripped of all his titles and banned for life when it was discovered that he had been using PEDs for the majority of his cycling career. When an athlete as well known and accomplished as Lance Armstrong is found to have been using performance-enhancing drugs to perform at such a high level, it reflects back on the sport in a negative way. Cycling having to admit that one of the most successful athletes to ever participate in the sport is a fraud was a big let down for the …show more content…
Although these consequences are important to take into mind, perhaps the most significant consequence is setting a bad example for children and teenagers who look up to these athletes. “A study published November 2012 in the journal Pediatrics reported that nearly 6 percent of middle school and high school girls and boys in the U.S have taken a steroid or growth hormone...” (Nourain). This has become a major concern in today 's world, as it could majorly impact the health of the young viewers. By athletes in Track and Field using PEDs the sport as a whole is influencing the public in a negative
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Mostly power hitters and pitchers will use these steroids. Performance-enhancing drugs have been around for quite awhile. The first use of performance-enhancing drugs can be traced back to the eighth century BC Greek Olympics where they would eat sheep
The guidelines had two main factors: One, each player would be tested at least twice a year; two, the punishment for offenders was also dramatically increased, first time offenders would be given a fifty game ban,without pay, a second time would result in a suspension of 100 games, and third time offenders would be banned for life. In reality, players have and always will use an unfair advantage as success is measured by an athlete's ability to keep ahead. Whether It be pine tar, amphetamines or steroids. By banning steroids, players have resorted to using undetected illegal substances. Therefore, instead of banning PED’s altogether, it should be allowed with one major stipulation, the MLB should create a committee dedicated to the sale and use of steroids.
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.
The history of drugs in sport is one of the main impacting factors on its impact within society because it is through the history that many other aspects such as the economy have been impacted. The use of drugs in sport by athletes such as Lance Armstrong throughout the history of high performance sport has meant that with every new method of testing that the world anti-doping agency is coming out with, there are people coming out with ways for their athletes to undetectably dope. This has meant that because athletes have seen other athletes such as Lance Armstrong get away with doping for so many years, they believe that they too can easily get away with in, therefore creating an increase in the use of drug in sport. Between 2012 and 2013 there was a 20% increase in the positive testing to drugs by both Olympic and non-Olympic sport. This is a dramatic increase because of the fact that there was only an increase of 0.8% in the amount of drug testing preformed (14).
If you have taken a performance enhancing drug you shouldn’t be allowed into the hall of fame, because it takes away from the accomplishments of others who felt they didn’t need the drugs to succeed in whatever sport they were involved in. Athletes who used performance enhancing drugs do not belong in the hall of fame. What are performance enhancing drugs? Performance enhancing drugs are substances such as steroids, monkey testosterone, federally banned alcohol, and etc. These drugs help you perform in an exceptional way when you are hurt, wanted to relax during a long season, or simply just perform better.
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.
The Notorious Olympian Marion Jones was a highly decorated American track and field athlete, known for her speed and success in sprinting and jumping events. However, her career took a sharp turn when she became embroiled in a doping scandal involving steroids. In his article, A Tarnished Marion Jones Couldn't Outrun (2007) Author Harvey Araton claims Marion Jones' doping scandal and subsequent downfall serve as a cautionary tale about the perils of cheating in sports. In view of the author's opinionative tone, this article is intended for those who are interested in sports, PEDs, and Olympic scandals, ranging from ages between 16 and 55; these are the people who perceive fairness within sports as a grave issue.
By allowing professional athletes to use drugs, what message are we sending out to young sports players and those who idolize their sporting heroes? Is the goal to inform them on how to cheat, or how to use your own muscle and blood to win? Performance-Enhancing drugs used by athletes can cause many health problems and create an unfair advantage to other athletes. Many of the performance enhancers used have serious health risk and allow the use of such substances could cause peer pressure to all athletes to consider using them. Athletes dreaming to improve their performance the easy way are often the first you see to start using substances; this places them at risk of the many consequences.
Background: Performance-enhancing drugs have been widely used in sports for centuries. The first recorded use of PEDS in sports was during the ancient Olympic games in 776 BC when athletes experimented with herbal medication 2. However, what qualifies as cheating to us was perfectly acceptable to them and the athletes that participated weren’t
¨Richard Callicott, former Chief Executive of UK Sport, stated in a Nov. 1, 2003 article titled¨ "Yes or No? Question of the Week: Drugs in Sport," published in The Times (London):"As the national anti-doping agency we will never accept this. Performance-enhancing drugs are not only prohibited because they violate the spirit of sport but because they can damage the health of athletes. In 1976, the East German swimming team won 11 out of 13 Olympic events, and later sued the government for giving them anabolic steroids. In 1992, Vicky Rabinowicz interviewed small groups of athletes.
Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) have been used in sports for many years. The common term for it is doping. It is one of the most important issues among professional athletes today. Doping should not be allowed in professional sports. The use of performance-enhancing drugs creates a disadvantage for the athletes that don't use PEDs since they will not perform as well as the athletes that used the drugs during the game or competition.
Lastly (transition), many athletes that use steroids are better than their opponents, by cheating. Athletes that use steroids should have bigger consequences. First of all (transitions), reports show that athletes that use steroids have a number of health issues. According to www.drugabuse.gov , all steroid users could get liver damage, heart disease, changes in cholesterol, and weight loss. While (conjunctions) males will develop breast, have shrinking testicals,
We need to educate the athletes so that they understand that there are long-term impacts from taking performance enhancing drugs. Not only physically but also emotionally and psychologically. Another example of a negative impact of being branded a drug cheat is when
9.2 (2013): 135-59. Print. This article written by Jack Anderson a Professor of Law at Queen’s University, Belfast, concerns the legal issues that surround the prohibition of doping in sport. The current policy on the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport is underpinned by both a paternalistic desire to protect athletes' health and the long-term integrity
Doping scandals have been around the sports industry for quite a while now. During the ancient Greek Olympic Games athletes would take special potions and drinks to help them achieve greater heights (Aschwanden). This is just one form of doping that dates back in time. Others forms, according to an article Christie Aschwanden wrote for Color Photographs, during the 1904 Olympic Games, athletes, "downed potent mixtures of cocaine, heroin and strychnine" (Aschwanden). The use of these illegal drugs would be considered cheating in today 's society, but Aschwanden states that for most of the Olympic Games this was not considered a form of cheating.