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.
The win at all cost attitude certainly plays a part in the evolution of steroids. It can give players an advantage in whatever sport they participate in, a decided unfair advantage. Major League Baseball is widely known for having the strictest drug policy in all of professional sports. The first positive test is an automatic 80 game suspension. A second positive test results in a 162 game suspension. A third positive is a lifetime ban from baseball. Even with the testing there will be players willing to risk it all to become a superstar. In the end, someone’s natural ability should be their way to the top. Major League Baseball is known as “America's Pastime and the integrity of the game is much more important than artificially inflated
I found more research on Chittom, Lynn-nore and Ann Griswold. "Counterpoint: Performance Enhancing Drugs Should Be Banned." Points of View: Steroids,. This tells me why we should ban steroid use to people who are misusing them. The research also tells me that athletes are misusing steroids and that they should be banned. The reason why is too many athletes are getting arrested and dying from using too much steroids. I think they should get banned and the athletes should perform to their natural ability. I also think that the athletes would perform better without use of steroids. So therefore the research and I think that performance enhancing drugs and steroids should be banned.
Steroids should only be used for medical reasons and not for better performance. I cannot seem to understand why athletes would take any kind of drug without medical advice or take any drug with so many hazardous side effects. There are reasons why people do what they do, but after researching performance enhancing drugs, I would not think of any reason to use such a drug with so many ill side effects. In my opinion, if you do not have the natural ability and have to rely on a performance-enhancing type of drug, you should not be playing. Drug testing would be the best idea, but it is still not 100% on results quite yet. Hopefully soon they will get drug test that will be able to pick up all types of performance-enhancing drugs. Steroids will continue to be a big issue in the sports industry. 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. Many players will take steroids to help them play better. This issue could be solved if steroids were not so easy to get ahold of. As a final point, steroids will continue to be an issue in baseball until someone decides to step up and stop
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. Also, when drugs are used it takes the human effort away from sports where athletes have trained hard.
Sports have been around for thousands of years. Everyone has been involved in sports in some way. Whether it be in gym class, in highschool, with friends, professionally, or in the stands. Some sporting events are even viewed as national holidays, though not federally recognized, such as the Super Bowl (“The Super Bowl” par. 6). Overall, sports are fun to play and entertaining to watch. It is important that sporting events are kept fun and entertaining, and in order to do that all sports must be kept fair. If one athlete was on a performance enhancing drug that would ruin the fairness of the sport for the other competitors. In the past when athletes have been caught on illegal performance enhancing drugs they are forced to give their medals and titles back (“Stripped” par. 4). Athletes may also be suspended from competing professionally for a certain length of time, banned from a federation, or banned from ever competing professionally again and stripped of all awards or titles even if they were won under fair circumstances (“Stripped” par. 2 & 3). Is it fair if a biological male is competing as a female? Or is it fair if a biological female is taking testosterone shots to be a male and still competing against females who are not taking testosterone?
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. Along with Alex Rodriguez, another baseball star, Manny Ramirez has been handed suspensions in 2009 and 2011, (Baseball Almanac). The suspension in 2009
Athletes should be allowed to use steroids in sports, legally. Performance enhancing drug use is increasing muscle strength, body size, and the healing rate. It allows fans to see the maximum potential of the athletes. However (transitions) it is not fair to the athletes that don 't use steroids.
Athletes who use steroids are not playing for the love of the game but to simply get money. Athletes who use steroids damage their own well-being and the image of the sport. Athletes who use steroids are affecting themselves just as much as the sport itself. Playing a professional sport should be fair; no one should be using steroids. Being great at any sport should be with hard work and dedication, not cheating by using
Performance enhancing drugs, also known as PEDs, surprisingly have been around since the late 1800’s. First making an appearance in baseball, a player named Pud Galvin used a serum created by physiologist Charles Brown-Sequard to acquire an advantage over his competitors. While Pud’s case of drug use isn’t very well known, PEDs are seen all throughout sports today. These drugs are illegally used in order for an athlete to attain an unfair advantage over the opposition. Cases in recent history include Lance Armstrong and Alex Rodriguez. In order to fully understand why performance enhancing drugs are so controversial, it is important to know what types of PEDs there are, the effects on the body, and how they seen in sports today.
In conclusion, the use of steroids allows an athlete have an unjust edge another athlete does not have, but it is a way of cheating. The use of steroids in sports is a problem; they have no place in sports. Using steroids to improve an athlete’s performance is degrading to sports and athletes. Athletes should have equal opportunities to win, but winning by using steroids becomes more important than winning fairly.
Many of these arguments, as this paper has sought to demonstrate, are spurious and should not be grounds for banning steroids from the game. However, there are a couple arguments that stand up to rigorous analysis. One is the physical harm that many of these drugs are strongly suspected of causing. This rationale is particularly strong when viewed from the context of the prisoner’s dilemma. The other argument is not so much a rationale, as merely an explanation: performance enhancing drugs should be banned because society says they should be banned. The democratic nature of sports requires that sports ban performance enhancing drugs. But it should be noted that these bans are not without costs and harms to innocent athletes, and these costs should be kept in mind when evaluating whether to maintain, expand, or eliminate doping policies. When all’s said and done, however, sports leagues are doing the right thing by prohibiting the use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs by their athletes, at least until additional medical consensus is
The earliest references to using drugs for this purpose date back almost three thousand years to the first Olympics, when competitors boosted their testosterone levels by eating crushed sheep testicles.(eBook). The doping in sports controversy began when athletes from all sports have made their intentions clear--they intend to use performance-enhancing substances no matter how severe the punishments(Cashmore 1). Doping in sports became a problem because doping jeopardizes the health of the athlete (Tannsjo 1). As a result of the issue sports federations for both professional and amateur athletic organizations began to pass more stringent regulations regarding drugs and establish tests to enforce the bans (eBook).There are two points of views
Imagine a person training, working hard to make his or her dreams of becoming a professional athlete come true. The person dreamed of this since they were a little kid. Then, the person realizes they are not good enough. The person decided to take performance enhancing drugs to make them better. How would you feel if you were an athlete who works hard and becomes great and then you see someone take steroids? That wouldn’t make you feel good about yourself. One of the biggest problems in professional sports is that athletes take performance enhancing substances or drugs to make themselves better. People must realize that this is wrong and athletes should not be proud of taking the drugs and doing good for themselves. Performance enhancing substances
The sport has become part of daily life of a person if the passion is stronger than just a simple dream it can be transformed from a hobby to a profession. The incredible part of sports is that no matter which type of sport it is or the varieties of techniques, at the end there is a midpoint which represents union and the connection with your mind and body; it inspires and trills society. Unfortunately, the obsession to have victory can forget completely honesty and integrity; when athletes want to have more physical capacity than the natural one they have they go to the drug to have an over human capacity. Likewise, doping consist in using illegal or prohibited substances in sports to have a better athletic performance. According to ProCon Organization (2011), more