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Steroid Use Must be Stopped  

 

Athletic competition has been part of society since the

early beginnings of man. Gladiators, wrestlers, and sprinters are some the

early types of athletes that competed. Mankind seems to have been born with a

desire to compete; every man feels the need to have dominance over another

man. These facts are even apparent in today's society. Now there are all kinds

of sports to choose from, and many of these sports are played at a

professional level. These sporting events give individuals that chance to be

the better of another person, just as the earlier ones did. That inbred desire

to dominate will lead men to do almost anything for victory. This is good in

many cases because it shows courage and perseverance; on the other hand, many

have taken it to the extreme of using outside agents to better their chances

for dominance. By this I mean, a large number of athletes use performance

enhancing drugs. "Athletes have taken natural or synthetic performance aids

since the earliest days of organized sports competition"(Clark, Cooper, and

Griffen, 525). The usage of performance enhancing drugs like steroids has

become too widespread and it needs to be stopped. The illegal production and

distribution of steroids should be halted.

 

 

The athletic community as a whole looks down upon the usage of such drugs. Many rules and

regulations have been created to cut down on the number of athletes that use

drugs to heighten their performances. The Olympics exemplify this strategy

very well. If an Olympic competitor admits or is tested positive for steroid

use the can be stripped of any medals won, or they can be disqualified from

all competition. A well remembered instance in which this occurred was when

the sprinter Ben Johnson won the gold medal in the 100-meter dash, but not to

long after he was denounced from his position as the worlds fastest man.

Professional and college football in the United States also takes this

approach to athletes caught using steroids. Football players may be fined or

suspended from playing in games for testing positive. Just last month three

National Football League players were suspended from the last four games of

their season because of testing positive for substances that were similar to

steroids. These are not the only events in which testing and penalties take

place. Many other sports test their athlete for steroid use. These methods of

testing and penalizing the athlete are valiant attempts at reducing the

problem. Yet, these attempts are not enough because they focus too much on

those that use the drugs instead of the sources of the substances. In no way

though are the athletes free from blame. They are the individuals that must

make the final decision, but there needs to be more of an effort to penalize

the persons distributing these drugs.

 

 

In order to solve any type of problem,

one should consider the source of the dilemma, and then head straight for that

source with the intent to dispel the struggle. I have a simple solution to

propose that will correct the escalating use of steroids among the athletes of

today, but it may be hard to accomplish. Although it seems like a good plan to

penalize the athletes for using steroids it really is not, because all this

does is temporarily lessen the use, nothing more. These athletes are taking

the full blame for this problem, but there are others that should share this

burden with them. I believe that instead of attacking athletes as though they

are the criminals, we need to assault the distributors of these substances. By

cutting off the problem at the root, which is the distributors and producers,

we prevent the athlete from ever having the chance of getting their hands on

these steroids. If we do not address the problem in this manner then it is

possible that it could never get resolved. It will continue to grow like weeds

in a garden if we do not rectify the issue. Leaving it up to the athletes to

refrain from usage allows the substances to continue being circulated, and

this does not bring us towards a solution it merely pacifies us. There needs

to be some strict fines placed on those that produce or distribute steroids.

 

            It is necessary to understand the nature of these substances and what they

are. Steroids are natural or synthetically occurring compounds with a wide

range of physiological activity, as defined by Encarta Encyclopedia. Steroids

are substances that increase strength and size of the user. These substances

do this because they possess a tissue building quality. This quality speeds up

certain processes at the cellular level that involve growth and development.

Steroids are commonly used in the medical world for many ailments and

injuries. Included in the family of steroids are sex hormones, adrenal

hormones, and bile acids. Some of the substances are important to the field of

biology, as well as medicine. It was common earlier in the century for

steroids to be used to treat patients suffering from gastrointestinal

disorders. The steroids helped these patients build tissue that they otherwise

could not, because their disorders kept them from absorbing nutrients.

Steroids come in a wide array of forms, and can be taken many different ways.

These substances can be taken orally by swallowing pills, or injected directly

into the bloodstream. There are a couple new forms that can be placed between

the cheek and gum, as with chewing tobacco. The most common forms of steroids

are the anabolic steroids that are associated with the sprinter Ben Johnson.

Anabolic steroids increase muscle development, improve strength, and enhance

endurance. Few of these anabolic substances are legal for use, maybe only a

handful. Some anabolic steroids such as oxymethalone, nandrolone, and

stanozolol can only be found on the black market. Usage of these three drugs

can lead to addiction and severe health problems and other side effects. Some

of the health problems include sterility, heart or liver disease, and kidney

damage. Other common side effects are increased aggressiveness and paranoia.

Female users face even more problems than male users. In females many physical

changes may occur such as growth of facial and body hair, deepening of the

voice, diminished breasts, and abnormal menstrual cycles. If taken by to early

anabolic steroids may stunt growth, by fusing the growth plates. Steroids can

be beneficial in certain situations, but usually they only lead to harmful

results.

 

In today's world professional athletes are placed in high regard by

society. These athletes are made into role models and almost godlike

creatures. Because pro athletes are so glorified, many more are using steroids

to boost themselves and there careers into stardom. Ben Johnson's medal

stripping marked the beginning of this widespread use by bringing it to the

attention of the world. The most likely place to find a steroid pumped body is

in the sport of professional bodybuilding. It is likely that nearly all of the

individuals that compete at the professional level of bodybuilding have taken

some form of steroids, during the course of their careers. Professional

wrestling which has gained much popularity in recent years is notorious for

steroid use among participants. The National Football League is another place

where steroid abuse has caught the attention of viewers. It seems as though

every day a new player is busted for testing positive. Professional Baseball

as well has had its share of controversy. Last year Mark McGuire received some

unwanted attention for his use of androstenedione, a growth hormone. So,

McGuire ended up stopping his usage so that he would not be criticized when he

broke the homerun record. Younger athletes that see this behavior are very

likely to emulate it. Brian Bozworth, a well-known college football player, is

also remembered for his steroid use during his college days

 

Another well

remembered football player that struggled with steroid use was Lyle Alzado. He

used them all throughout his college and professional careers. Alzado used the

steroids secretly during his career to help him achieve the greatness that he

did. Eventually he declared publicly that he had lied about his use, but this

was only after some deadly side effects had set in. During his early years

playing he looked at steroids as answer to gaining competitive edge in the

rigorous sport, and quickly he became addicted. He quickly gained recognition,

and in 1977 he was award defensive player of the year from the league. Alzado

used the steroid called stanozolol and later nandrolone, both extremely

addictive and dangerous. He continued to use them throughout his career

disregarding the dangers that they brought. Alzado's popularity won him some

television roles after his football career. After being diagnosed with his

disease, Alzado earnestly tried to convince people of the dangers that steroid

use entailed. Eventually he died from a rare form of brain cancer that he

attributed to steroids. Alzado was only forty-three when he died (Compton's

Online Encyclopedia)

Competing in athletics on any level has its pressures.

 

Pressures to perform and win can be a heavy burden for players. Every player

wants to be the best and become the next superstar of their sport, like

Michael Jordan is to basketball. As with many areas of life, the better you

perform on the field the more prestige, money, and power you will receive.

These rewards are very enticing to young athletes, and many would sacrifice

profusely to achieve such goals. Getting to such greatness requires a great

amount of time, skill, hard work, and luck. But, instead of sacrificing time

and hard work athletes look for the easy way to reach stardom. This seems to

be a theme that is growing more common in the realm of sports. Still, some

athletes may not be as gifted as others may, so they likely will try to make

up for deficiencies by using steroids. Nevertheless, many factors can lead

young athletes to turn towards steroids.

 

Ever since I was young I have been

involved in sports. It has always been a dream of mine to play college

football or baseball at a prestigious school, and then maybe go to the big

leagues. As the years have passed my dream has gotten closer and closer to

reality. I am now attending school on a football scholarship. Along the way

though I have felt many pressures from family, friends, coaches, and mainly my

self. All them want to succeed. Because of these tremendous pressures I

personally have been tempted to use drugs to enhance my athletic abilities. I

have seen many of my teammates use them with no problems. Due to the fact that

members of my team have used them, I also have easy access in attaining them.

 

I have been offered a free amount several times just to try them. Thankfully,

I have refrained from using steroids. I have chosen other safer alternatives,

but it may be harder to get the results I need. I have decided to use dietary

supplements to increase my protein and nutrient intake. I have found that

there are many stores around where one can get good nutritional supplements to

help themselves gain weight and strength. I glad that technology has provided

some decent alternative to steroids, because they are a very tempting to young

athletes like myself

"Since the 1950s, anabolic steroid use in order to

increase muscular development and to improve strength and endurance has spread

rapidly among both male and female amateur and professional

athletes"(Compton's Online Encyclopedia). This trend will continue to spread

unless we address to source of the problem, rather than the athlete. The

makers and distributors of these harmful and illegal substances must be caught

and then penalized. It is important that we do something about this problem

because many people will take these steroids without understanding the damages

that they can cause to their bodies. I have found alternatives to steroids, so

I know from personal experience that it is possible to be successful without

them.

 

Works Cited

"Steroids." Compton's Encyclopedia Online. The Learning Company Inc. 1998. http:/.../fastweb?getdoc+viewcomptons+A+7184+0++steroids%20and%20anabolic

(November 23, 1999)

"anabolic steroid use in order to increase muscular development... has spread rapidly..." "Anabolic steroids." The Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 3rd          edition. The Columbia University Press.1994  http://www.encyclopedia.com/articles/00468/html (November 23, 1999)

"Abuse of anabolic steroids       may lead to increased irritability..." "Steroids." 98 Desk Encyclopedia. Microsoft Corporation. 1997

"A large group of naturally occurring or synthetic lipids with a wide range of physiological activity."

Clark, Cooper, and Griffen. "An Old Problem." Congressional Quarterly Researcher July 26,1991: 525. "Athletes have taken natural or synthetic performance aids since the earliest days of organized sports competition. "

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