Performance Enhancing Drugs

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Regardless of their temporary positive impacts on athletes’ performances, the long-term effects of performance-enhancing drugs are serving the downfall of athleticism across the globe by Performance-enhancing drugs are substances used to improve performance. They act as stimulants that provide an increase in attentiveness, a temporary burst of energy, and a decrease in reaction time. In their early appearances, performance-enhancing drugs were seen as the perfect method to improve one’s athletic performances in all kinds of sports instantaneously. As the implications of these substances came into sight at different elite sports events across the globe, negative outcomes emerged. Optimists argued with reference to improved athletic abilities,…show more content…
Some people see taking performance-enhancing drugs as harmless and beneficial as coaching and training. They also believe that these drugs have the same importance as utilities used in sports like extreme rock climbing for example. One can climb cliffs, but one can climb them easier with the help of ropes, crampons, and oxygen. Some athletes spend much more time in the weight room than others and thereby build their muscular strength to levels significantly higher than their opponents’, those opponents who want to remain competitive may feel compelled to also put in more time with weights. But there is nothing wrong about the situation that should lead those interested in maintaining sportsmanship to forbid or regulate weight training. These utilities enhance people’s performance in rock climbing and make it easier for them to participate in that sports event, otherwise it would be really hard without them. Athletes, with the help of medical staff and dietitians always work on improvement. Medical staffs monitor body activities like blood pressure, body temperature, heart muscle and brain activity and many other details. Dieticians are experts in diets and nutrition that hand out specific diets to improve health, maintain body weight, and optimize…show more content…
According to Thomsen and Anderson (2015), Armstrong was once considered one of the greatest athletes in history having won the “Tour De France”, a cycling competition held in France, for seven consecutive times from 1999 through 2005. Another factor that lead to his fame is that he achieved this feat having just recovered from testicular cancer. He was always accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs, more specifically “doping”, throughout all of his races. Armstrong denied the accusations year after year, then came a point where all the evidence was stacked up against him. His former cycling partners from races stood up, admitted to doping and accepted their wrongdoings and fate. After nearly 14 years of denying that he had cheated, Armstrong publicly announced his confession upon agreeing to participate in a televised interview hosted by Oprah Winfrey. He shared all of his secrets and crimes, and was immediately stripped down of all seven of his “Tour De France” titles. He had also been issued a lifetime ban from all professional sports that adopt the World Anti-Doping Agency
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