Anabolic Steroids and The User

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Anabolic steroids are performance enhancing drugs. They are a synthetic form of the chemical testosterone that is normally found in the body. By taking anabolic steroids, a person’s testosterone level can be raised up to 100 times than the normal amount. The increase in testosterone increases anabolic activity, resulting in greater muscle bulk. Athletes participate in the use of steroids because it increases their performance. However children idolize these athletes wanting to be just like them. This causes an increase in steroid use in high school students and in some cases middle school students. Steroids have both positive but more so negative effect on the body. Both need to be acknowledged by the user in order to prevent injury or possibly death. If athletes did not commonly use steroids it is quite possible that we would see a decrease in use amongst children and teens.

The Presence of Performance Enhancing Drugs in SportsIn our world today, sports are amongst some of the highest competition we experience.

Athletes that compete usually want to be the best, however some feel they can’t win just by the innocence of hard work and training. These athletes are the ones who turn to the use of anabolic steroids. The use of anabolic steroids is relatively new. Testosterone was introduced to the sporting arena in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Early users were mainly bodybuilders, weight lifters, and football players. Athletes noticed a tremendous increase in strength and agility after experimenting with anabolic steroids. Soon scientists caught on and analyzed the drug discovering how harmful the use of anabolic steroids can really be to the human body.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) the use of performance enhancing drugs in high school and professional sports has seen an increase over the last decade. Performance enhancing drugs...