Making a Smart Decision on Steroid Use Essay

1171 Words Apr 30th, 2008 5 Pages
Title of Speech: making a smart decision on steroid use Purpose statement: To persuade athletes to not use steroids

INTRODUCTION

I. Opening If there’s one thing a lot of people value these days, it’s a powerful looking body. And if you are an athlete, you want to make that body as powerful as it can be. So if an athlete wants to add some muscle, what can they do? Well, they can work out, or they can inject some anabolic steroids. Steroids can bring quick benefits to anyone who wants to build up their physique. But in the long run, those benefits can soon be overcome by the risks.

II. Link to the audience As I look around I can tell a number of you are or at some point were athletes, whether it was in high school or now
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Unfortunately the most common solution athletes find is using anabolic/ androgenic steroids. According to drugfreeaz.com these are performance enhancing drugs that synthetically mimic testosterone which is a hormone greatly produced by males, that is responsible for muscle growth.

I. Unfortunately these performance enhancing drugs have numerous negative side effects, both physical and psychological. According to the DEA’s office of diversion and control most of the short term side effects are fairly more well know than the long term side effects, many of which are irreversible.

A. Major side effects can include liver tumors and cancer, yellowing of the skin, high blood pressure, kidney tumors, severe acne, and trembling. Along with increases in bad cholesterol levels and decreases in good cholesterol levels.
B. Some psychological effects include mood swings, increase in feelings of hostility and aggressive behavior.
C. In males, side effects may include shrinking of the testicles, breast development, and baldness.
D. In females, side effects may include growth of facial hair, menstrual changes, and deepened voice.
E. In teenagers, growth may be halted prematurely and permanently.

Transition statement: Along with having numerous negative side effects, anabolic steroids have all kinds of laws and penalties for any type of abuse.

II. Federal law has put anabolic steroids as part of the controlled

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