The common argument among those that favor allowing PEDs in sports is the notion that if everyone is doing it, then it is not an advantage.
If you were a professional athlete what would you do to gain an edge on your competition, would you train hard and honest or would you cheat and use steroids? These are questions that athletes must ask themselves every day, some of them choose to do the right thing while others turn to steroids in hope that they will become the best in their sport.
The words performance enhancer is a really broad topic because it can be anything from recreational drugs like marijuana all the way to anabolic steroids like ICF-1; it is anything that helps an athlete gain an unfair advantage against his or her competitor. It was originally thought that only baseball players used steroids in sports but in recent news athletes involved in football, tennis, track, and even cycling admitted that they used steroids to gain an advantage in their sport.
Articles in newspapers like The Christian Science Monitor, and by authors like Allen Barra all help describe what steroids are and how they are used and abused in sports.
By looking closer at the two articles I will examine how effective they are at persuasion and if I think there information is credible or not. Anabolic steroids are derivatives of the naturally occurring male hormone testosterone, they help the body retain dietary protein and in turn it builds muscle mass and strength.
Steroids can be given to athletes in different ways, topically, orally, and through the membrane of the muscle. The most common source of distribution however, is through intramuscular injections; this is when the syringe is injected directly into the muscle causing faster muscle growth.
Even though steroids seem to have many positive side effects outside the realm of sports, they have serious side effects that make me wonder why people take them in the first place. Some of the side effects include acne, liver damage, reduced sperm count, and mood swings that can lead to depression or aggression.
Some adolescents who take steroids generally are shorter than their peers because steroids stunt their growth and they cause the adolescent to physically mature faster than their peers. In some cases the person may very well be aware that steroids are causing harm to their bodies, but they have no way of stopping because they are addicted to them just like people are addicted to cigarettes.
Even if a person were to stop taking steroids they would experience withdrawal pains and cravings that would persist until they took them again. Examples on arguments surrounding steroid use would be found in The Christian Science Monitor newspaper, which was started in by Mary Baker Eddy.
Despite its name the Monitor does not claim to be a religious themed newspaper, it is an international news organization that delivers global coverage via its website.
The article uses Lance Armstrong and Michael Phelps as examples to get their point across because they were people that were the best at their sport and everyone looked up to them in their prime. The Monitor also uses facts and reasoning to get the reader to agree with what they are saying on performance enhancing drugs by using Lance Armstrong and Michael Phelps as examples.
The article is appealing to younger athletes that may consider taking any form of drug that will enhance their sports performance. The use of marijuana before a sporting event may not seem bad at first glance but it gives the athlete an unfair advantage because it allows him or her to relax before a big game and it eases the stress that almost every athlete gets before a big competition.
The use of marijuana by Phelps set a negative example for younger athletes because it tempts them to use any type of drug if they believe that their talent and hard work will not be sufficient enough to succeed in a sport.
It was originally started in Boston, Massachusetts and it was created as a literary and cultural commentary magazine to comment on different topics around the world. Barra is arguing in his article that the press and the public do not care about performance-enhancing drug use in football in the same way as they do in baseball, because there are less statistics in football and it is not as easily seen in football players.
The reason it is not as easily seen in football players is because they tend to be tall and muscular in the first place, so if they gain weight rapidly no one will really pay attention to it.
Throughout his article Barra uses facts and statistics to get his points across and he uses logical reasoning to appeal to his audience, which are fans of the sport. Many fans stop supporting their favorite athletes once they learn that they are taking steroids because they feel that the athlete is cheating and not playing by the rules.
One steroid that is popular among athletes is ICF-1 because it is synthetically made and it is found in the velvet on deer antlers. Many people may find it hard to believe that the velvet on deer antlers helps athletes gain muscle faster, but deer antlers are said to be one of the fastest growing body parts on any living creature according to the article.
Football players generally take this drug to build muscle or to recover from an injury faster than expected. Ray Lewis, who is a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, suffered from a severe triceps tear in October that many said would end his season, but he returned to the Ravens lineup three months later.
Because of his swift recovery the Ravens ended up winning the Super Bowl and many people accused Ray Lewis of using ICF-1 to speed up his recovery, this debate went on for almost a month and then completely disappeared once the Super Bowl ended.
At the time of this investigation many players had already been taking ICF-1 because there was no way to test for it and if it helped out there performance, why not take it? Barra also talks about an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune that published a report about drug use in professional football, the article talks about how players at every position have seen rapid weight gain and some have even tested positive for PED use, which stands for performance enhancing drugs.
On the other end of the spectrum baseball players are tested more often and they are examined more closely because fans care about baseball statistics much more than football statistics. If a player hits fifty more homeruns than they normally do, they are automatically thought to be taking steroids and if players used steroids in the past, they will most likely not be voted into the Hall of Fame no matter how good they were before steroids.
In Conclusion steroid use is growing more rampant in sports and as discussed in The Christian Science Monitor, and by author Allen Barra it will continue to grow unless testing measures are taken place. He tells his audience why he thinks steroids are corrupt and he gives facts to back up his arguments.
On the other hand I found The Christian Science Monitor to be less effective in its argument because it mainly just gives facts and there is very little opinion located throughout the article.
With the arguments that the two articles made it makes me wonder, if an athlete has an outstanding season, is it because of steroids or honest hard work?
The next time you watch an athlete have a phenomenal game or record-breaking season ask yourself this question, were steroids involved?Anti-doping authorities state that using performance-enhancing drugs goes against the "spirit of sport".
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Arguments for allowing performance enhancing drugs: Arguments against allowing performance enhancing drugs: Drugs and special diets have always been a part of the Olympics from the Greek times, who took magic mushrooms to ‘fortify’ themselves.
Professional Athletes have been using anabolic steroids since the late ’s and 60’s and in professional baseball and football since the ’s. We have yet to see a massive list of casualties. so the side-effect argument is mute.
The truth remains; the argument against legal steroid use, to this day there has yet to be an argument. Mar 14, · ANABOLIC STEROIDS - QUESTIONS & ANSWERS; ESPN lashes out against steroid use What do you think of this article??
ESPN lashes out against steroid use What do you think of this article?? Not sure if this is where I should post this, so redirect if needed, but heres the article. And, they may use that determination to justify the use of anabolic steroids, despite evidence that these drugs can inflict irreversible physical harm and have significant side effects.
Anabolic steroids, commonly called "roids," juice, hype or pump, are powerful prescription drugs. The arguments against PEDS are a bit more practical as they run the gambit from preserving the integrity of the history of sports to setting a dangerous example for children.
In the wake of the steroid-mania of the ’90s lie the careers of baseball players such as Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Jose Canseco and Roger Clemens.