Name: Jordan Simons Course: CWV 101 Date: 7/11/2019 Instructor: Dr. Christian Wilder Benchmark - Ethical Dilemmas Performance enhancing drugs have been apparent in history since the 1960’s. The NFL didn’t begin testing for steroids until 1987 (CNN 2019). There are multiple different types of performance enhancing drugs that have been used by professional and high school athletes throughout history. The most popular drugs among athletes are anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, erythropoietin, beta-blockers, stimulants, and diuretics. These are taken to improve strength, speed, endurance, and overall performance of the players which lead to more wins. Ethical Dilemma Paul is a young, successful athlete that has been working hard on the field and in the weight room to be the best on his team so he can be on a starting position. He had notice most of his teammates gaining more muscle faster than he was in the weight room. Paul was confused and worried about losing his starting position. One of Paul’s teammates tells him about a performance enhancing drug that the rest of the team has been taking to help them gain muscle. The teammate explains that it is a newer drug that is not well known and therefore isn’t technically illegal yet. The coach seems to know about the team taking the drug but he turns a blind eye on it because it isn’t officially illegal. The coach told Paul that he is in danger of losing his starting position if he doesn’t keep up with the other guys. Paul is offered a sample of the 1
drug from his team. He is faced with a tough decision to either keep up with his teammates and take the drug or to fall behind and not take the drug. Core Beliefs “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV). There is temptation around every corner. Whether it is alcohol, drugs, sex, or anything else, it haunts
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