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The Use Of Steroids In Sports

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Professional sports are America’s way of exhibiting true athleticism and skill, but when an athlete uses steroids, it not only diminishes the integrity of the sport, but also the integrity of America as a country. Since the beginning of sports, people have competed to be the best they could be, whether it be Romans fighting to the death, or friendly competition. Although these drugs may be the gateway, or shortcut to success, the athletes who abuse these drugs are not aware of how much they impact the sport and their self. Many fans have lost respect for some of their favorite athletes because, the people they looked up to the most in the athletic world, were caught cheating and have not truly earned their place in professional sports. In the last 100 years, steroids have taken off in America and other countries as a form of a shortcut to physical and athletic perfection. Do those players in the NFL and the MLB that abuse Performance Enhancing Drugs diminish the sports integrity and make it look like anyone can be an athlete if they can find the drug source?
Athletic perfection is something that is not easily obtainable for most, but for some, like Barry Bonds, athletic perfection is obtained easily through shots or pills. Although steroid use has a negative connotation, in the early 1900’s during the World War II era, steroids were used to heal and assist Holocaust victims regain their strength after they had been starved and emaciated. Steroids have also positively impacted the medical field by treating many diseases and illnesses like the serious bone condition, Osteoporosis, patients that are under a doctors care for anemia, patients with liver conditions, those suffering from Bilary Obstruction, and also children suffering from
delayed puberty(Dolan). The list of how steroids positively affect society goes on and on. Without steroids, many people that suffer from these above diseases, and many other diseases, could be faced with permanent discomfort, or the loss of limbs or death.
Steroids are easy to buy and simple to use. The testing in some areas is weak and some steroids are not even be picked up on some drug tests. These drugs have become a major part of professional sports and have impacted the life of many professional athletes, professional teams, and also the lives of fans.
Over the past few years, research shows that there has been many suspensions in the MLB over the abuse of anabolic steroids and Performance Enhancing Drugs. Even though there are severe punishments for using these illegal drugs, the players make the league look bad and act as if what they have done is neither immoral nor illegal. Sammy Sosa was even bold enough to come out and say that he, and a fellow steroid abuser Mark McGwire, deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, even though, technically speaking, they cheated their way to the top. Barry Bonds also took the drug, Tetrahydrogestinone, an oral anabolic steroid, which helped him...

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