Physiological Aids in sport, what they are and what they do to the athlete

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Physiological aids are banned substances and methods that athletes use within competition and training to improve their performance. Physiological aids are used in sport as they help an athlete's performance. Some aids help to increase heart rate, adrenaline rate and stimulate the body but other aids lower the heart rate and change the growth of muscles and bones.

Sport is suppose to help us learn from defeat and victory, encourage us to participate in team sports, encourage a spirit of co-operation, and interdependence, and mainly encouraging moral and social values. It also means that an individual person can lead a healthy lifestyle while performing and also helping the individual to bring about a healthy, integrated society.

There are many influences on drug use, the media, the money their performance can bring in, the sponsorship and many other critical factors in an athlete's career. There can be no justification for athletes to cheat in order to win or that the pressures and temptations are all the same for the athletes.

Most athletes turn to drugs because of pressure, it all comes down to pressure really but some feel greed and wealth.

The main reasons are usually:

·Winning can bring millions of dollars in sponsorship and endorsement;

·Society places great emphasis on success in sport, which puts more pressure on an athlete to win;

·Some banned drugs can speed recovery from injury, which means athletes can be back training, competing and winning more quickly;

·Some athletes believe their competitors are using drugs and that to be competitive, they need to take drugs as well;

·Some athletes' desire to win is so great that they are willing to use any means, including cheating to gain success;

·Some coaches may push drug use to enhance their athlete's chances of winning, which boosts their profile...