Lance Armstrong and the Use of Performance-Enhancing Substances

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On August 24, 2012, the USADA announced that Lance Armstrong would be stripped of his seven Tour titles, honors and would be banned from cycling for life. The report stated that Armstrong had used banned performance-enhancing substances. On October 10, 2012, the USADA released evidence, which included laboratory tests, emails and monetary payments. "The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that the sport had ever seen," Travis Tygart, chief executive of the USADA, said in a statement (“Lance Armstrong Biography” 1).
Athletes should not be able to take performance enhancing substances to protect their bodies and keep the game
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Two of them include dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) androstenedione ("andro"). They are also used to increase muscle mass. Most of them are illegal if you don’t have a prescription. DHEA, however, is actually still in over-the-counter preparations. Stimulants, Anabolic Agents, Alcohol and Beta Blockers (banned for rifle only), Diuretics and Other Masking Agents, Street drugs, Peptide hormones and Analogues, Anti-estrogens, and Beta-2 Agonists are the drugs banned by the NCAA. Athletes use PEDs for a number of reasons. One reason is that athletes feel pressured to do better and they want a better pay. They know that training will get them there but they want the shortcut even though it puts their career at risk. Another reason athletes take PEDs is to boost their confidence and cope with stress. They want to relax and sometimes they want to hide the use of other drugs. Some people also say that athletes take PEDs because they rarely get caught. These substances do a number of things to damage your body. One thing they do is create mood swings. Another thing they do is give you liver problems. They can also give you blood clotting problems and high blood pressure. They can give you aching joints and risk tendon injuries. Creatine can cause side effects in adolescents such as kidney damage, weight gain, muscle cramps and nausea. When girls take them, it can deepen their voice. Some side effects are reversible, others aren’t. Many

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