Abstract: With the increase of competition has also come the need to become bigger and stronger than the opponent. The use of steroids among athletes has caused the focus of the game to change. No longer does an athlete want to win by doing their best, but they want to become bigger and have an advantage over the opponent. Ultimately, all athletes feel that they need to use performance-enhancing drugs to compete at the same level. Despite all of the warnings and information on performance-enhancing drugs, athletes continue to use them and overlook the potential health risks associated with steroids.
With the concern of becoming bigger and stronger rising among athletes, the focus of the game has drifted out of sight. It is almost as if it is more important to be bigger rather than better than the other team. As more and more athletes use the muscle enhancing drugs and other forms of steroids, the athlete's performance and health comes into question.
Many people could begin to wonder if an athlete is capable of the same achievements attained without the help of a steroid. Could these same drugs cause the addition of an asterisk next to a record, due to the fact that the athlete was using an enhancement drug? Does this mean that the athletes of today are only better than those of the past due to performance enhancing drugs and not skill? Answers to these questions should be thought through carefully along with the consequences of steroid use. Are the long-term affects of steroids worth the wins that will soon be forgotten over time?
Steroids have been used for decades by doctors treating men whose bodies do not produce enough testosterone naturally. Steroids can be used to treat asthma as well. It has also been used to facilitate tissue regrowth in burn patients (Kunh 191). The first known use of anabolic steroids was during the cold war when the Communist countries of Eastern Europe gave it to their male and female athletes to improve performance. "Other countries caught on, and by the mid-1960's the use was common. By the early 1970's almost three quarters of the athletes involved in middle-or-short distance running or in field events admitted to using steroids, and most of the weight lifters also used steroids" (Kuhn 191). Finally in 1976, anabolic steroids were banned but professional weight lifters continued to use them (Kuhn 191).
The issues that surround the use of steroids among athletes raises much controversy and debate. What most users tend to overlook are the dangers and risks of steroids. One of the biggest problems with steroids is the fact that athletes only look at the immediate results, muscle and strength, and not at the long-term results that will damage their health.
One of the biggest controversies that surrounds the use of steroids and comes under debate numerous times is the unfair advantage that steroids give to the athletes who use them. The use of anabolic...