Steroids: The Negative Impact On Today’s Athletics
Instructor: Emily Taylor
November 5, 2013
This research paper examined the negative impact steroids have on today’s athletics. Sources were used from different time periods to further prove the main arguments. Steroids have been around in sports for over 40 years. Athletes are willing to jeopardize their health and morals all for a competitive advantage that steroids can bring. Today’s athlete’s set a horrible example for a future generation of athletes. Athletes are beginning to use this drug at younger ages every single day. The lack of morals of today’s athletes is starting make people believe that good ethics may not exist in future sport cultures.
For over forty year steroids have been used as a performance-enhancing drug in the sports world. Steroids are substances that act like chemicals in the body. Most steroids are transformed into testosterone when they enter the body. Testosterone is a male growth hormone. While user may gain short-term results, they are seriously putting their health in jeopardy (Miller, p. 16). Not only are these athletes who use steroids putting their own health at risk; they are risking the loss of ethics and morals in the future athletic culture.
While the list of negative effects on the human body is incredibly long. Here are a few examples of what they can do to the body though. Steroids can alter the balance of the natural hormones. This can cause detrimental effects to the body. The effects of you natural hormones being out of balance can last several years after being off the drugs. Because of the increase in testosterone, steroids can cause serious acne problems. Other side effects include genital changes, water retention, yellow eyes, coronary artery disease, ligament injuries, high blood pressure, and changes in cholesterol levels, sterility and liver disease (Miller, p16)....