Outline Title: Steroid Abuse Thesis: The few positive effects of steroid use are greatly overshadowed by the dangerous, and sometimes deadly, negative side effects.
I. Introduction II. History A. Development B. Popularity III. Negative effects A. Increased injury B. Unfairness C. Unwanted physical effects IV. Why people use steroids A. Social pressure B. Lack of knowledge V. Conclusion Steroid Abuse Professional sports and competitions have grown into a billion-dollar industry. Athletes earn millions of dollars a year in salaries and endorsements. Competition that was once for fun has become a business. Unfortunately, the athletes that compete for this money will go to almost any length to get an advantage over the competition. Many of these athletes turn to the use of anabolic steroids. According to medical doctor William N. Taylor, "Anabolic steroids have been shown to increase muscle strength and overall performance"ÃÂ (21). Although some athletes have shown this increase, there are many negative side effects associated with steroid use.
The problem is that the few positive effects of steroid use are greatly overshadowed by the dangerous, and sometimes deadly, negative side effects.
Steroids were first developed in the 1930's as a drug that was used to prevent the breakdown of body tissues from disease. "Steroids are a synthetic version of the human hormone called testosterone"ÃÂ("Anabolic Steroids"ÃÂ 2). Testosterone is produced by the testes and adrenal gland in males, and only by the adrenal gland in females. Testosterone stimulates development of bones and muscles, as well as maintains male sexual organs. Testosterone also has been shown to have an influence in emotions. Anabolic steroids have many positive medical uses. Steroids have been used to treat a variety of skin ailments, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and allergies, various eye diseases, and have been used in cases of adrenal insufficiency, or malfunctioning...