Anabolic Steroid Analysis

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Sports by their very nature are very competitive and even a marginal improvement in performance, endurance and strength can spell the difference between winning and losing. It has been noted in our society today that the use of steroids in sports is illegal. Steroids can lead to an unfair advantage for those who utilize them. An unfair advantage in this situation would be giving an athlete who has the same capabilities as another, like the same coach, training and skillset, a leg up by having the steroids enhance the athlete’s muscle mass and oxygen capacity which will allow for an overall improvement in the athlete’s capabilities. A steroid is like a clone of a hormone. It may not be the hormone itself but it can behave like one once consumed …show more content…
Anabolic means, “body building tissue.” When anabolic steroids are consumed, they will enhance the muscle mass leading to the enhancement of one’s muscle strength. As written in a medical journal, “Believing that anabolic steroids can improve competitiveness and performance, uninformed or misguided athletes, sometimes encouraged by coaches or parents, abuse these drugs to build lean muscle mass, promote aggressiveness, and increase body weight” (University, S.C. 2016). Athletes use steroids to “beef up” but also sometimes succumb to peer pressure knowing fully well that any help they can get on the sports field, even if marginal, can potentially prove to be the difference between winning and losing. This sudden build up in muscle mass and strength can prove to be an unfair advantage as it can cause the athlete to experience exorbitant amounts of strength making it easy for them to compete and win. By adding the steroid into their diet while they train, they are making it easier for their body to go through longer periods of stress and workout before the body feels the need to come back to rest, providing an unfair advantage. This extended threshold that was not naturally obtained, but is artificially obtained by steroid use makes it unfair to those who decide not to take the anabolic steroid supplement approach. Another article states “anabolic steroids may help athletes recover from a hard …show more content…
For example Heidi Krieger was given so many steroids, without her knowledge, that it started causing her to have the following sensations, "I felt much more attracted to women and just felt like a man. But I knew I was not lesbian," Krieger told CNN” (What are the health consequences of steroid abuse?, 2016). This just goes to show that even though it may seem like these athletes are receiving multiple benefits from utilizing these steroids, these side effects can cause life-long problems. Athletes like Kireger did not even realize she was ingesting steroids until after the fact. This goes to show that although athletes may not want to take part in the consumption of steroids, some coaches will go to any extent so that their athlete will win and bring their name into the limelight. This is unfair to those athletes as they are victims of this because they are unaware of the fact that they are consuming these steroids that are causing both physical and psychological changes in them. If a random drug test were to be conducted and an athlete is discovered to be taking steroids, it can cause the athlete to be disqualified from the tournament, regardless of whether the athlete knowingly or unknowingly – through

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