Anabolic Androgenic Steroids : Athletes Are Doping These Days?

1181 Words Nov 5th, 2015 5 Pages
The use of anabolic-androgenic steroids in professional sports and in general is wrong. There are several health and reputational risks involved in taking these drugs. Everyday more and more teenagers are caught using these substances for their own purposes. Professional athletes and anyone else who uses them need to find a way to stop using anabolic-androgenic steroids. Anabolic-androgenic steroids include the male sex hormone testosterone and many of its synthetic derivatives (Harmer, 2010, pg. 26). It is acknowledged that AAS’s promote muscle growth and function, but they include potential risks of cardiac, cardiovascular, endocrine, and psychological dysfunction. Premature closure of the epiphyseal plates is a particular concern in adolescent users (Harmer 27). Until recently, much of the AAS use in youth and adolescents focused on participation in organized sport as a primary risk factor. This comes from the “win at all costs” mindset of professional sports (Harmer 29).
There are several reasons why young athletes are doping these days. One reason is the unfair athletic advantage doping gives them. Some claim that doping “ruins the spirit of the game” ( D’Angelo 701). Some claim that doping is not an addiction but rather a personal choice. Athletes are required nowadays to keep doping controllers informed of their schedule, place of stay, and their training facilities (D’Angelo 703). Some people believe that the sport governing bodies are responsible for athletes…

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