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Steroids: A Threat to Legitimate Sport?

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Steroids: A Threat to Legitimate Sport? Justin Douglas Steroids have been around for a long time. Germans gave them to their soldiers to make them more aggressive in combat. Doctors have also prescribed steroids as a medication to some persons. There is a big controversy over steroid use. There are also many different ways steroids can be used. Most cases using them now though are illegal. Some Athletes attempt to gain advantages over others by using steroids, though there are strict rules against this. Doctors, philosophers, and journalists all have many different views on whom and how they should or not be used. Forms of steroids can be made in the body by the adrenal glands or by the reproductive glands. ...read more.


He suggests most physicians are very ignorant even in the medical literature that researches steroids. He believes that self-taught bodybuilding experts know more about the medical aspects of steroids and related drugs than ninety-five percent of all physicians (Gendin 1). Gendin suggests two reasons steroids are frowned upon is that the use of steroids is harmful to the user, and those who use steroids gain an unfair advantage over those who don't (Gendin 2). Gendin also suggests that the general philosophy that steroid use is bad goes by the name of "Paternalism", which is the doctrine that certain groups, typically medical, legal and governmental, have the right to look after the best interest of the general public (Gendin 2). ...read more.


Steroids do make users build large muscles, but the health risks are too high for comfort. It's true, on steroids biceps bulge; abs ripple; and quads balloon. But that's just on the outside. Steroid users may be very pleased when they flex in the mirror, but they may create severe problems on the inside. These problems may harm for them the rest of their lives. It is a known fact that steroid use can shorten a person's life expectancy (NIDA 2). In conclusion, steroids should not be used extensively or for purely athletic performance. The playing field loses honor when some athletes are using extreme performance enhancing drugs, while others work hard and diligently to reach their natural peak. They have pros and cons, ranging from treatments of sickness and disease, to harmful body development, but should be reserved for medical use. It seems as though the worst outcome is when steroids are abused by uneducated people. ...read more.

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