Drugs in Sports

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Drugs have become a major problem in sports today. More and more athletes are getting caught using these deadly drugs. "Why you ask?, maybe its because sports are no longer sports. Also, because they are also multi million dollar business"(Mohun, 5). In today's world the rewards for the winner include status, fame, and of course money. Drugs are substances intended to treat people who are ill. Taking them in an attempt to do better at sports is usually dangerous, sometimes deadly, and always considered cheating. In some cases, athletes have lost friends, scholarships, and more seriously; lives of other people and even their own. Recreational drugs, both legal and illegal, are used by members of every social group. They are used by rich and poor, young and old, and by members of every race and religious group. Athletes are no exception, and drug use in the "sports world" is widespread.

In this paper I will talk about some of the most common used drugs in sports, why athletes use them, and how to stop the problem of drug use.

One of the most prevalent drugs abused in sports today is steroids, which are also referred to as "juice, gear, or roids". "Although they have legitimate medical uses, steroids are increasingly being used by individuals as a way to quickly build up muscle and increase strength"(Goldberg, 316). Anabolic steroids or anabolic-androgenic steroids are the synthetic derivatives of the naturally occurring male anabolic hormone, testosterone. Both anabolic and androgenic have origins from the Greek words meaning "masculinizing." They are used by athletes who want to build up body muscle, for weightlifting, football, and any other sport that require explosive amounts of strength" (Mohun, 21). Steroids are illegal and banned by most, if not all, major sports and organizations. If a participant is...