Performance Enhancing Drugs Research Paper

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Since the early 1960’s, athletes have used anabolic steroids to enhance their performance, mixing substances such as heroin and cocaine creating a drug named a “Speedball” (Denham 56). In the US heroin and cocaine are illegal due to the effect these drugs could have on a person 's health, but athletes were combining these two drugs just so they would be able magnify their skills within the sport they play. From high school sports to professional, athletes have used all sorts of performance-enhancing drugs. Ever since different sports associations such as the MLB, NBA, NFL etc. have hammered down on the use of performance-enhancing drugs with the help of the federal government, the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Some believe that with …show more content…
From an athlete 's perspective they may see performance- enhancing drugs as just another boost to help them stay on top and nothing is wrong with a little “boost” but because of the lack of information provided to the athletes they are misinformed about what drugs they are taking or the technology of the performance-enhancing drugs such as injury prevention that can occur (Verducci). Finding such information such as performance-enhancing drugs could prevent an athlete from injuries is an even more reason for performance-enhancing drugs to be reviewed before banning them. Injury prevention could change the lives of many athletes, saving them from a lifetime of pain and misery because of a major injury an athlete was not able to fully recover …show more content…
This list was effective but “Treatment/enhancement distinction is costly to implement, necessitating constant monitoring by WADA of both its Prohibited List of Substances and Methods (2011) and its ‘therapeutic use exemption’ scheme, which permits individual athletes to take substances that are otherwise prohibited, as long as their medical prescription is declared in advance (Article 4.4WADC)” (Anderson 143). The WADA’s Prohibited list of Substances and Methods did not fully ban the use of drugs in sports, athletes had to have prove that it was medically prescribed. there are other reasons why all drugs may not be completely ban .The illicit drug ban is not an all year round ban like performance-enhancing drugs, they are only ban during in season or in-competition(Smith, et al 3). This list was one of many restrictions created by the World Anti-Doping agency. WADA’s global anti-doping code was introduced in 2004 (Smith,et al 3). The anti-coding contain restrictions on the use of PEDs in sports. The anti-doping code that was introduced by the WADA banned drugs containing PEDs such as EPO, human growth hormone, anabolic androgenic steroids, the more powerful anti-inflammatory drugs and stimulants, also including all sorts of non-performance enhancing, illicit drugs like cannabis, ecstasy, and cocaine (Smith, et al

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