Steroids Persuasive Essay

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Athletic competition has been a mainstay in society for thousands of years. Men have fought to the death in gladiator bouts, raced each other on foot, and wrestled in intense matches. All men have a desire to compete and to exert dominance over other men. It is encoded into their genes. In modern times, one of the ways individuals can quench this craving is by competing in a variety of sports. They will often do whatever they can to be successful, which can have positive outcomes. It can bring them to them to stand up to adversity and push themselves harder than they would have normally. But this passionate drive to be the best can cause men and women to go too far in their quest for greatness. Many athletes around the world have and currently …show more content…
Steroids are substances that possess tissue-building qualities that speed up cellular processes. They are intended for medical use, aiding in treating many injuries, diseases, and ailments, but are often misused by athletes and people who would abuse steroids regenerative abilities. The substances most often used for athletic enhancement are anabolic steroids. Anabolic steroids enhance endurance, increase muscle development, and improve strength in the user. Men and women take advantage of these properties for personal gain or to gain an unfair competitive advantage. But the use of steroids can carry serious side effects. Addiction, sterility, shrunken body parts, heart disease, liver disease, kidney damage, stunting of growth, mood swings, and increased aggressiveness have all been linked to prolonged steroid use. Females in particular may experience deepening of the voice, abnormal menstrual cycles, diminished breasts, and growth of facial or body hair in addition to the previously mentioned side effects. While these health problems are terrible consequences for the individual, they can also have a detrimental effect on the sport in which they compete. Athletes, especially football players can often be like a powder keg on the field of play. All they need is one action to set them off because of the emotions that are pent up. While under the …show more content…
Either by witnessing a friend, teammate, or family member use them, seen one of their favorite athletes suspended or banned, or having used them themselves. PED’s have a myriad of consequences for both users and non-users. They are a poison that is spreading through the bloodstream of sports, bleeding down into younger and younger levels. Many colleges and even high schools now test for the presence of these substances. To stop the spread of these dangerous drugs, it has to start at the top. Professional sports leagues and associations must crack down even harder than they already do on not just the users, but the distributers and suppliers. Many young athletes see and hear about superstar professionals taking these drugs, and without completely comprehending what they are putting into their bodies, follow suit. It is imperative that this issue is resolved, before it is too

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