The Negative Use of Steroids by Athletes

When will athletes realize the harm of steroids.

I’m pretty sure that almost everyone has heard stories about athletes using steroids in order to boost their performance. Lately, this issue seems to appear in the news on a regular basis. Athletes from sports such as baseball, track and field and cycling have come out positive when tested for the use of steroids. Little do they know, they are putting their health at risk every time they take these performance enhancing drugs and their bodies will eventually pay for their mistakes.

A major issue that is leading to even stricter steroid testing is the fact that teenage boys and girls are beginning to use these anabolic steroids at an alarming rate. The desire to be faster and stronger takes a hold of young athletes. It is believed that as many as 5% of teenaged boys and 2.5% of teenaged girls have used some type of performance enhancing anabolic steroids at some point of their young athletic careers. The use of anabolic steroids by professional athletes only makes their fans believe that using it is ok.

Steroids are so popular in the sports world because they promise noticeable and bold results even though they can deteriorate your body. The fact that steroids are illegal hasn’t stopped many people from using them. What young children do not realize is that steroids harm developing kids even more than it hurts adults. Although the side effects might not be present right away, as the years go by, and alarming amount of illnesses may take place. It is important that we inform athletes about the negative effects of steroids and how to avoid having your peers talk you into trying them. Steroids do more bad to the body than it does well

First off, let me explain what steroids are. Usually referred to as steroids, these drugs are under the characterization of anabolic and corticosteroids. Corticosteroids can be helpful if used in the right amounts. For example, cortisone is a drug that is used to control and suppress inflammation in the body. Corticosteroids are also used in asthma pumps. To clear things up, corticosteroids in drugs such as cortisone and asthma pumps are not the same as the anabolic steroids that are used by athletes and bodybuilders.

Anabolic steroids, which are the harmful illegal steroids, are synthetic hormones that are used to increase our body’s ability to create muscular tone while preventing muscle breakdown. When we exercise or lift weights, our muscles are torn and repaired by proteins which cause us to gain more muscle. By removing the muscle breakdown step, new muscle can grow at a faster rate. A majority of the athletes that take these anabolic steroids hope that they will be able to increase their athletic performance and play the best game possible. The reason why theses athletes often get in trouble for using anabolic steroids is because in the United States, the law prohibits the use and distribution of anabolic steroids without a proper prescription from a doctor.

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  1. This article rather sucks. No new information.

    “Many people do not realize that the use of steroids is highly illegal and is punishable by law.”

    Who doesn’t realize it’s illegal? Anyone on this planet above the age of 10 years old knows. I made double sure not to click on any ads as I was leaving. I realize there are a lot of Obama supporters, but c’mon, even they know about ‘roids

    I’ll be sure to check back for your next article, “Rain, Many People Don’t Realize It’s Wet”

  2. What a bad way to think for most athletes to have to play the sport they love. And, the worst part.. when they find out they did not have to do take the drug. Their life is in danger and their career..
    Good article..

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