Ryan Tentler Professor Katalenic Eng 101 11/20/12 Steroids Makes Professionals Better What would professional sports be like if everyone was equal? Most people think that it would be boring. To me, I believe that sports would be so much more exciting. There is no possible way to make every athlete the exact same or preform the same. However, there is a way to give them an equal opportunity to get to the same level. Professional athletes are born with God given ability and are unbelievably good at what they do. But some athletes feel the pressure to be that much better but can’t do to a rule. Steroids can make all professional athletes the best they can possibly be. Steroids are a performance enhancing drug that is created from the male hormone testosterone. This drug helps build muscle, enhance performance, and improve appearance. Steroids help increase the rate of protein synthesis which causes is a main component of muscle building. Steroids also develop a deeper voice and growth of body hair. In sports, steroids are illegal for many reasons. The main reason is health risks. Steroids do have tremendous gains from an athlete standpoint, but there may be risks involved. When people talk about steroids, most people think of how bad they are. However, most people do not actually look at if these are actually health risks. Professional athletes are not allowed to take steroids because of these health risks. April Ashby says, “the use of steroids can have serious health repercussions, including affected liver, endocrine, and reproductive function, tumors of the liver and kidneys, heart conditions, and psychiatric symptoms”(np). Yes, these are risks, but professional athletes take a risk every single day they compete. An athlete at the
Tentler 2 professional level is competing against the most talented people in the world and takes risks of getting injured on a consistent basis by another athlete if it be football, soccer, baseball, etc. Athletes also do not have restrictions against other drugs like alcohol or cigarettes. Alcohol is the leading factor in all categories relating to hospital visits. Cigarettes cause lung problems and also cancer. If these drugs are legal, why shouldn’t steroids be? Lastly, these health risks are long term risks and may not have any side effects at all. Athletes have used steroids before. For these athletes, the only side effects they experienced throughout their career were wins. During these athletes steroid using careers they may have been very successful. But what happened after their careers were over? Most of these athletes’ careers were tarnished after they have been tested positive for steroids. Ben Johnson, a Canadian sprinter in the 1980’s, had his gold metal stripped from him after setting a world record in the Olympic Games. Barret Robbins, a star offensive lineman for the Oakland Raiders for 9 seasons, was removed from the team after playing in the Super bowl the year before. Lance Armstrong, a professional cyclist, was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and removed from Nike and Live strong.
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