Essay On Ped In Sports

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When it comes to the topic of using performance enhancing drugs (PED) for sports, most of us will readily agree that using PED for sports is cheating. Where this agreement usually ends, however, should athletes be allowed to use PED to gain an advantage. Whereas some are convinced that it shouldn’t matter how an athlete gains their athleticism. Those unfamiliar with this school of thought may be interested to know that it basically boils down to fairness. It is not fair to have some athletes use PED’s and other athletes put in all of their time and hard work to get better at their craft, and someone can simply take a PED and get the same/better results. PED’s are used for the increasing muscle mass, strength and endurance. These drugs still require work to be put in for the correct results, but make it much easier to …show more content…
In Smith’s point of view, he believes that PED’s will “suddenly make the playing field even” (Smith). Smith also writes “the primary reason why Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) are outlawed in professional sports is that they give users an unfair advantage over the rest of the field. Various professional sports leagues have attempted to set a level playing field by testing for drug use and suspending those found guilty. This is a noble effort, but it’s clearly not working” (Smith). Smith contradicts himself, he can’t have it both ways. On the one hand, he argues that PEDs will “suddenly make the playing field even.” On the other hand, he also says that “the primary reason PEDs are outlawed in professional sports is that they give an unfair advantage over the rest of the field.” He believes that if we make PED’s legal for athletes to use, everyone will have the same opportunity to be good players. The playing field is already balanced, bringing the use of steroids in professional sports will only disrupt the fair environment sports officials have been working

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