Steroid Argument Paper

Steroid Argument Paper - Myers 1 Katherine Myers Dr. Pamela...

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Myers 1 Katherine Myers Dr. Pamela Mack History 122 20 November 2006 Performance Enhancing Substances Enhancing athletic performance has developed into a controversial issue in recent years. Several controversies over enhancing athletic performance have risen in the news such as with Floyd Landis, Ben Johnson, and several major league baseball players. This topic is closely related to an event that happened in the United State’s history. During the early twentieth century our nation went through prohibition, which outlawed all alcoholic beverages. During this time, instead of alcoholism decreasing, it rose and drinking became more prevalent. The issue of banning all performance enhancing substances could create a bigger problem with the athletes, and professional sports in general, as did prohibition did with alcohol. The decision of banning performance enhancing drugs is a difficult decision, because technology will be able to develop drugs that cannot be detected, and athletes, like citizens during prohibition, will find a way to not only get the drugs, but use them while people such as a commissioner or coach is clueless. “It's the race between those who wish to regulate and those who wish to cheat. Every time a new and improved testing program settles into place the would-be cheaters look for a substance that can't be detected or isn't yet subject to testing.” (Bauman). This decision becomes increasingly more difficult as new technology is developed.
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Myers 2 Completely banning all performance enhancing substances would give all athletes a completely fair level of competition. Many athletes that do play without using illegal substances are not able to compete with those who do use these drugs. A famous baseball player, Jason Giambi, was caught using athletic performance
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