Should Steroids or other supplements be allowed in Sports?

Essay by Ridebmx18High School, 12th gradeA+, March 2003

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The desire for an "edge" exists in all sports, at all levels of play. Successful athletes rely on practice and hard work to increase their skill, speed, power, and ability. However, some athletes resort to drugs to improve their performance on the field or the court. Anabolic Steroids are a common drug that help to build muscle tissue and increase body mass by acting like the body's natural male hormone, testosterone. (Steroids: Play Safe, Play Fair, 2002, (c8:p1) Steroids are used in many different sports, but they are particularly found in football, wrestling, and powerlifting. The reason steroids are primarily found in these sports is a result of the brute strength attained by using them, which becomes very beneficial in such physically dominant sports. The most alarming fact about steroids is the many risks involved. These risks can range from something as minor as acne to consequences as major as heart attacks.

Steroids of any kind should not be allowed to be used in sporting events by any athlete.

Performance-enhancing drugs and steroids have been proven harmful to ones health according to many studies. Yet, women and men are still willing to risk their health and their lives in order to win and stay competitive in the world of sports. These products have also been linked to causing some forms of cancer. Due to these hazards, many performance-enhancing drugs have been banned in certain national and international sports, such as the NFL, NBA, ABA, WNBA, CFL, AFL and the Olympics. Although these performance-enhancing supplements are banned, this does not mean that athletes participating in these sports do not take them, however. Professional athletic sports are a major area in which performance-enhancing drugs are used. Although some people use them just to try to make themselves look bigger and better, most...