The Consequences Of Anabolic Steroids

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High school sports are competitive and big parts of teenagers lives. Because of the constant stress levels off the sports and pressures to be the best, teens are hastily venturing into the world of anabolic steroids to gain an edge on their performance without thinking of the consequences. There are two different views when it comes to the issue of high school athletes using anabolic steroids. The first is, all high school athletes should be tested for anabolic steroids due to the health risks involved. The second viewpoint is that; High school students shouldn’t be tested for anabolic steroids due to the fact that testing is too expensive and ineffective.
Anabolic steroids are man-made synthetic testosterone. It is prescribed to treat delayed
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Studies have shown that steroids lead to higher levels of anger and violence, paranoia, and depression. Steroids lead to the thickening of the left ventricle in the heart which can later lead to various heart problems. Also if high school teens use steroids it can lead to the closing of the growth plate causing stunted growth. Growth plates are zones of cartilage at the end of our long bones, once these close over and join together it means that our bodies stop growing. Anabolic steroids lead the premature closing of the growth plates. There are other side effects such as increased risk of cancer, Feminization, Masculinisation, Kidney problems and liver …show more content…
Shows amount of steroid use among High school teenagers
Students also do not know the problems which come with the use of anabolic steroids. The biggest problems for teen athletes using steroids as mentioned above is the premature closing of the growth plate. This is a growth defect which can cause stunted growth within teenagers. Also as mentioned above before the cardiovascular problems, liver problems, and emotional and psychological problems which can be detrimental to teenagers, and to their adult life. This is why high school teenagers should be tested for anabolic steroids. It’s better to test now than to let the problem grow into an epidemic.
The second viewpoint is testing high school athletes for anabolic steroids is too expensive and ineffective. As mentioned before only 2-3% of high school students admitted to using anabolic steroids within their life. This is a small and dismal amount. We can also see from previous mass testing that it is too expensive and ineffective. In 2008 in Texas 6 million dollars was spent on testing high school teens for anabolic steroids. After 50,000 tests were conducted less than 20 came up positive. With tests costing around 100$ per student the government stopped the idea for testing high school athletes for anabolic steroids. There are more concerning drugs used within high schools such as marijuana and Adderall which are bigger and more used drugs. Testing for these kinds of drugs would yield a higher success rate of stopping

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