Winners Never Cheat Essay

1800 Words Sep 27th, 2007 8 Pages
Winners never cheat and cheaters never win Winners never cheat and cheaters never win. Americans have grown up with this statement. It is as American as baseball or apple pie. It appears that over the years, winning has become everything and athletes will do whatever it takes to win. In order to achieve this goal, more and more professional athletes are turning to the use of performance enhancing drugs. "A performance enhancing drug is any substance that is taken for the sole purpose of enhancing athletic performance" (Saltzman, 2006 p. 16). Professional athletes who take performance enhancing drugs create false expectations for the children and teenagers who look up to them. Athletes are role models, whether they like it or not. …show more content…
Customers reportedly included, former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield" (ESPN.com, 2007, Report: 1).
The use of drugs to enhance performance in sport will not go away. Athletes seek every competitive advantage and the rewards of success at top level are great, both financially and in personal glory. Almost all top level competitors are full time and, even if not paid, are to all purposes professional. There is huge pressure to train longer and harder and take a scientific approach to nutrition and fluid and electrolyte balance, to seek every biomechanical and psychological advantage. It is almost inevitable that some will seek an advantage through drug use. (MacAuley, 1996, p211(5) )
What kind of ideal does this set for children? Where are the goal settings, the hard work, and the determination? "Furthermore, seeing the success had by athletes who use performance enhancers only plants the mental seed that such things might work for them too" (Competition is Best in Youth Sports, 2006, p. A.7). If the athletes achieve greatness through chemicals, as role models, they are setting the scene that it is perfectly acceptable. "Today cheating, specifically in the form of doping, is more tolerated than at any other point in the history of modern sports" (Quinn, 2006, p. 46). The consequences of using performance enhancing drugs hardly deter this outlook either.
According to USADA's most recent stats, as of May 2006 it has

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