Essay on Athletes Use Performance Enhancing Substances

1069 Words Feb 26th, 2016 null Page
Steroids were always meant to medically assist people, but did you know they can cause severe cardiovascular issues, even death if used excessively? The debate over athletes’ use of performance-enhancing substances is getting more heated as biotechnologies such as gene therapy are becoming a reality, not science-fiction. As these performance boosting substances are now flooding shelves at pharmacies, we must decide what we value most in sports; displays of physical excellence developed through hard work or victory at all costs, enhanced by steroids?

Anabolic steroids have gained a lot of popularity in the 21st century, and it’s questioned as to why they have become so popular over the years; among the various subcultures. This is truly an alarming question, though the answer lies in the decision to legislate and prohibit anabolic steroids themselves, which has served to increase the popularity of these drugs greatly (Steroidal).

For centuries, spectators and athletes have cherished the tradition of fairness in sports. While sports competitions are almost exclusively about winning, it is also about the means by which a player or team wins the competition. Any athlete who uses a performance enhancement such as steroids disrupts the sense of fair play, and should be banned from competing for cheating their competition, and their bodies. The International Olympic Committee’s World Anti-Doping Agency has become so attentive to the possible effects of…

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