Essay on Anabolic Steroids And Substance Steroids
On August 7, 2007, Barry Bonds stepped into the left side of the batter’s box. Every person rose to their feet to watch history happen. They sat in awe, waiting for him to surpass Hank Aaron on the career home runs list. On a count of two balls and two strikes, he hit his 756th career home run. He now stood alone as the greatest home run hitter of all time. Four years and two months later, Barry Bonds was indicted on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice. He was also accused of lying about taking steroids and being injected by his trainer. Barry Bonds is just one person on the long list of world-class athletes that have illegally used anabolic steroids.
Defined by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, “Anabolic steroids" is the familiar name for synthetic substances related to the male sex hormones (e.g., testosterone). They promote the growth of skeletal muscle (anabolic effects) and the development of male sexual characteristics (androgenic effects) in both males and females. The term "anabolic steroids" will be used throughout this report because of its familiarity, although the proper term for these compounds is "anabolic-androgenic steroids."
People often are confused on the difference between anabolic steroids and corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are often used in treating things such as asthma, arthritis, sickness, and inflammation. Both types of steroids are widely used in the medical field and both have the potential to…