The use of performance enhancing drugs in sports (doping) is done to improve athletic performance. Doping in sports has become a highly controversial topic among professional sporting venues and in the media. With the increased pressure to perform, high priced contracts, increased competition, and advanced training methods today’s athletes will try to gain an edge by any means necessary. Performance enhancing drugs used by athletes today include Human Growth Hormone (HGH), anabolic steroids, peptide hormones, amphetamines, insulin and stimulants. The reason athletes use performance enhancing drugs is to increase the amount of testosterone produced in the body. The increased testosterone in the body increases muscle strength by enabling new muscle growth.
Although there are laws passed with the intention of ridding sports of the use of performance enhancing drugs, it is still a highly debated topic. Supporters argue it is beneficial for the sport. The opposition argues against it. A syndicated political columnist argues “Drugs that make sport exotic drain it of its exemplary power by making it a display of chemistry rather than character—actually, a display of chemistry and bad character” (Will). In light of the overwhelming evidence, one must agree with the 2004 Anabolic Steroids Act, which attempts to ban the use of anabolic steroids in U.S sporting events. The use of performance enhancing drugs in sports is dangerous, unethical and ruins the integrity of the specific sport, by giving an unfair advantage to the user over their competitors.
No one can deny that the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports makes it much more entertaining for fans. Watching home run records get shattered, and new world record times being set, creates a more exciting and attractive environment for current and future fans. Supporters of performance enhancing drugs point out that the extraordinary feats that can be reached by steroids makes sports more exciting and attractive. Eugene Robinson from the Washington post claims “Most fans watch sports…to see people unlike themselves perform extraordinary physical feats. The superhuman quality of professional athletes is precisely what Americans admire about them” (p.A25).
Supporters of the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports argue if athletes want to take drugs to improve their performance, why should we determine what risky behavior they take part in unless it directly interferes with our lives? They are not harming anyone else but themselves. They are adults and are capable of making decisions about what they put in their own bodies. Keith Burgess-Jackson, an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Arlington states “…people should be able to use whatever substances they want when they compete. Those who don't want to risk their lives or health should take up another line of work.”
Supporters of PED’s further argue justification by claiming that athletes use dietary supplements,...