The Use Of Performance Enhancing Substances Have Gotten Worse Since The 1960s?

1357 Words Jun 1st, 2015 6 Pages
Anabolic Steroids are mostly artificial forms of hormones that are used to increase strength and weight (Yesalis). Steroids have been used by competitors throughout history to gain an advantage over their opponents (Should). According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), doping is defined as “the administration of or use by a competing athlete of any substance foreign to the body or of any physiological substance taken in abnormal quantity or taken by an abnormal route of entry into the body with the sole intention of increasing in an artificial and unfair manner his/her performance in competition.” Most experts agree that issues regarding the use of performance enhancing substances have gotten worse since the 1960s because the number and types of such substances have increased significantly (Yesalis). According to the World Book Student, concern over drug abuse in sports stems partly from fears for the health and safety of athletes, and is also founded in several moral and ethical issues of whether it is fair to use in sports to increase strength and weight. As stated in the paragraph above, steroids are used by competitors to increase strength and weight so the athlete will have an advantage over their opponent. For every performance, there is a way to enhance it. Bell said there is no excuse for not being as strong as possible--you have to do what you need to do to win and if you are apprehensive about steroids or trying new methods, then maybe you are not cut…

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