Essay On Performance Enhancing Drugs

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The controversial topic of performance enhancing drugs are still in discussion today. Some believe that they’re good to use, while others believe they give an unfair advantage to the sport being played. A performance enhancing drug is any substance taken by athletes to improve performance. Typically, well-known athletes are the ones to use performance enhancing drugs. Performance enhancing drugs are used by multiple athletes of every sports across the world. Therefore, the athletes who use PEDs are given an unfair advantage in skill and physical ability.
The question often gets raised about what is considered a sport. According to Merriam-Webster, a sport is a contest or game in which people do certain physical activities according to a
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Anemia is a medical condition when the red blood cell count is lower than normal (MedicineNet). Erythropoietin can be considered a healthy steroid for numerous reasons. Erythropoietin increases production of red blood cells and hemoglobin, resulting in improved movement of oxygen to the muscles. That is a plus, even though it is considered to be a steroid. While erythropoietin can be considered as a healthy steroid there are some negatives to the supplement. Erythropoietin was used by competitive cyclists in the 90’s and contributed to at least 18 deaths. Anabolic steroids are taken by athletes to increase their mass and strength. They are also naturally produced by the body. The main hormone produced by a male body is testosterone. Testosterone is taken to boost performance, but typically athletes use a synthetic modification of testosterone which are known as designer …show more content…
According to CNN the use of performance enhancing drugs by professional athletes has been acknowledged as a problem since at least the 1960s. In 1976 the use of performance enhancing drugs was banned by the International Olympic Committee. In 1981 U.S. discus thrower Ben Plucknett tests positive for anabolic steroids. For his use of steroids, he was stripped of his world record title. He was the very athlete to be disqualified by the International Association of Athletic Federations. In 1987 the NFL Began testing players for steroid use. A year after that Congress passes the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, which made the possession or distribution of non-prescription steroids a crime. Congress strengthen its 1988 Abuse law by classifying anabolic steroids as a controlled substance

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