Winners Never Cheat Essay
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.
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