Essay on Steroids Should Not Be Banned

1565 Words Apr 23rd, 2015 7 Pages
Steroids are used by people in order to build muscle and strength. Athletes use them to gain a competitive advantage on the field. Using steroids can help them hit that long home run or break that tackle for a touchdown. There are effects, mentally and physically because of taking steroids which possibly some athletes do not know about when they take them. Steroids are ruining sports and other competitive events because athletes take them to be successful without thinking of the consequences and threats of using steroids.
Steroids are drugs that increase the training ability of an athlete. There are two commonly known steroids; Androgenic and anabolic steroids. Androgenic develop male sexual characteristics, such as body hair, a deep voice and aggressiveness. Anabolic steroids build up tissues, particularly muscles, bones and red blood cells (“Short History” 11). “Anabolic means to synthesize or build up so anabolic steroids increase the skeletal muscle mass of a person causing an increase in strength (Gale Encyclopedia 163). Steroids cause many physical as well as mental problems and difficulties. Extreme use of steroids can disrupt the body’s normal hormone levels and chemistry of the body. Problems with heart are most common. An increase in heart rate, high blood pressure and an increased risk of stroke (Gale Encyclopedia 165). Woman taking steroids are putting themselves at risk of being permanently damaging their reproductive systems. Women who are pregnant and take…

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