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Logan Jordan English 102 Dr. Christina Bucher 5-1-11 Anabolic Steroids: Destroying the Human Athlete Throughout history, competition has been a striving point of culture in societies. From the Roman Coliseum to the very first Olympic Games and now even to newer sports such as football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and hockey, sports are forever changing and are still providing entertainment for many people. Sports have given hope to societies, created pastimes, and even made societies money, and what most people want is for them to be fair. Sports today have been named, “the steroid era,” an age marked by illegal substance abuse in order for athletes to become faster and stronger. Today only the strongest and fastest athletes survive so steroids are not such a bad option for some. Because of the enormous amounts of money that increase exponentially as talent increases, which is marked by physical ability, more and more athletes are turning to steroids, and in the case of millions, it is hard to argue against athletes who use them. Possibly the highest profile steroid case, Barry Bonds, made 22 million dollars in the year 2005 alone, while the league average was less than 2 million dollars (USA Today N. pag). Although the media sometimes over exaggerates certain side effects of steroids, some are still dangerous. Many people may not know, but the side effects of steroids while the athlete is taking them are not particular horrendous. The particularly troubling side effects, such as dependency, psychological harms, and possibly most horrifying, deflation of muscle tissue, come later once the athlete stops taking steroids. Proper diet, exercise, hard work, and a weight training program can give very similar results that anabolic steroids can give to an athlete; because of the
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2 psychological and physical harm that steroids can cause, performance enhancing drugs should remain illegal, and athletes taking them should be punished. According to William Taylor, author of Anabolic Steroids and the Athlete , “Anabolic steroids are synthetic derivatives of testosterone,” (16). Steroids actually take the place of the natural hormone testosterone and do its job more efficiently. Although testosterone is present in males and females, it is the main hormone in male type characteristics such as facial hair, a deeper voice, and larger muscle tissue (17). Steroids, an alternative to testosterone, tend to produce these qualities in males and females who take them. Testosterone was prescribed by doctors in the 1930s for medical reasons and to increase sexual performance according to Taylor in another one of his books, Macho Medicine (1). Anabolic steroids were first used by athletes in the 1950s (11). Since then, testosterone in the form of anabolic steroids has become more prevalent in the athletic world as athletics are becoming increasingly competitive. A common misconception is that steroids automatically make people bigger, faster, and
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2011 for the course ENGL 102 taught by Professor Dr.bucher during the Spring '11 term at Kennesaw.

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