The Many Issue That Involve Anabolic Steroids

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The Many Issues that involve Anabolic Steroids It was the summer of 1988 and the eyes of the world were focused upon Seoul, Korea where the Olympic games were being held. The highlight of the games was the showdown between American sprinter Carl Lewis and Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson in the 100-meter dash. When the time came for the two athletes to face off, Ben Johnson destroyed Carl Lewis and the world record, posting a time of 9.75 seconds. Three days later the International Olympic Committee stripped Johnson of his gold medal and the world record, when traces of stanozolol, a form of anabolic steroids, was found in his urine. Carl Lewis? time of 9.92 seconds was ratified to become the new world record. Instead of going home with 20 million dollars in endorsements, a gold medal, and the new world record, Ben Johnson went home with a two year suspension from international competition and a life-time ban from the Canadian national team all because he chose to use anabolic steroids to improve his performance.

Ben Johnson awoke the world to the wide-spread use and abuse of steroids among athletes. This raises the ethical question of whether or not it is right for athletes to use anabolic steroids to improve their athletic performance. Because of the complex nature of this question there are several key factors to understanding both sides of the issue. These factors include: what anabolic steroids are, the history of steroids, their medical uses, the physiological effects on the body and the psychological effects they have on the mind.

Sot 2 The term anabolic refers to the building up of body tissue and structure. A hormone with an anabolic effect is commonly known as an androgen. Androgens promote growth, appetite, formation of red blood cells, and the...