Doctors are cracking down on testing sport players for PED’s (performance enhancing drugs). They are starting to use more advanced testing methods. Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Ryan Braun have all been tested positive for PED’s recently. Lance Armstrong had his seven Tour De France trophies taken from him because he won them using PED’s. Steroids are a major problem in sports resulting in technological advances to eliminate the issue of using illegal drugs to gain a competitive edge.
Steroids improve athletic performance in multiple ways. First of all, most steroids increase muscle mass which increases strength. They also, increase your testosterone levels. Another thing they do is, increase aggressiveness and competitiveness. They do this by increasing the rate of protein synthesis in cells. In addition , steroids also block the effect of the hormone cortisol on muscle tissue, which is a natural process of decreasing muscle mass. The steroid slows this process down.
Lance Armstrong was the biggest target in sport doping history. When Armstrong was 12 he was a swimmer, he got fourth in a Texas 1500 meter freestyle. He quit swimming and became a triathlete and at age 13 won the Iron Kids Triathlon. As a young child, he had testicular cancer. He was pronounced cancer free in February of 1997. He had his seven Tour De France titles taken from him after he tested positive in a drug test. He was banned from competitive cycling for life. He denied using illegal drugs through his whole career. At last, in January 2013 he admitted to doping in a television interview conducted by Oprah Winfrey.
Alex Rodriguez has been one of baseball’s best players for years but he will not be participating for the 2014 season. Alex Rodriguez was suspended for the season because he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. The result of the suspension will make him lose 25 million dollars from yearly salary and bonus for this year under suspension. The major league baseball association tried to make an example to all players that there will be severe consequences for using performance enhancing drugs. Rodriguez was just over 100 home runs from tying Barry Bonds record for most home runs in a career. As a result,of Alex Rodriguez is getting older his career is winding down. The year long suspension will make it very difficult to break this record. In addition, other players were also tested positive, one example is Ryan Braun. Ryan Braun's penalty is significantly less than Alex Rodriguez’s. Ryan’s penalty was 65 games while Alex Rodriguez’s is 162 games...