Should Performance Enhancing Drugs Be Illegal For Student Athletes?

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Should performance enhancing drugs be illegal for student athletes? All the way back in 1865, “canal swimmers in Amsterdam and Holland were the first competitive athletes charged with doping” (ProQuest staff). During these time periods many of these athletes would mix cocaine and heroin to make a concoction called the speedball (ProQuest staff). These athletes would mix the substances to get the extra boost of performance for them to believe that they were at their best every competition. Many didn’t really know the harm it did to their bodies and what kind of precedent they set for future athletes. Their knowledge of these drugs were so minimal that they believed they only did good to their performance and had little impact on their bodies …show more content…
These performance enhancing drugs can cause very minor problems in a body or can eventually lead up to death. Fitzhugh states, “The effects on teens and women are the worst and are long lasting” (17). A teen’s body is not fully developed, therefore, when drugs are put into it, it can cause damage. These drugs should be illegal for student athletes because of the size and maturity of their body; it is not ready to be overwhelmed with drugs that will improve their performance. Professional athletes might be able to handle more of these substances because of their size and maturity. Performance enhancing drugs also are detrimental to a student athlete’s health because they will student the teen’s height and reduce your sperm production (Mayo Clinic Staff). This proves further that it will create a lasting impact on a teen’s future because if the student athlete isn’t fully grown it will stunt their height and keep them at that height for the rest of their life. These drugs can also lead to heart problems, enlarge their bones and organs, and some say could increase the risk of getting cancer or other deadly diseases (Shipley). Even more outcomes from taking performance enhancing drugs are; high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart problems, and psychiatric disorders (Pannoni). As you can see these drugs can lead to very …show more content…
Believe it or not, many parents get their sons or daughters the performance enhancing drugs so that their child is the best they can be. In a case in Florida a father was arrested for giving his son performance enhancing drugs when he was 14 years old. His father James Gahan was sentenced to six years of prison (Shipley). This shows how illegal these substances are and how parents get desperate to have their child be the best they can be at such a young age. Parents in South Florida admitted to asking doctors for performance enhancing drugs to get for their teens to make them bigger and stronger even when they show no medical need for the drugs (Shipley). Many student athletes also use steroid precursors, which are substances that the body turns into anabolic steroids. These precursors are illegal unless taken with a prescription which many athletes are not given a prescription for (Mayo Clinic Staff). As a parent there are several warning signs that your student athlete may be taking performance enhancing drugs illegally without you knowing. They may begin to have behavior issues like becoming very aggressive also called roid rage. Another is they could be injecting them into their buttocks or thighs so you would have to look for injection or needle marks. One last red flag that might give away your child’s

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