Why Steroids and Peds Should Not be Banned From Sports

Ever wondered why some athletes consider steroids and PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) acceptable? Perhaps this article will give you an insight of their side of the story.

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Being a college athlete, I constantly read sport articles. Recently I inspected the topic of steroids and found the majority of articles against the use of steroids and performance enhancing drugs. Personally, I’m against them as well, but I feel that the other side of the story hasn’t been presented fairly. So I wrote this article, to help people understand the discussion better and be able to add to it.

PLEASE NOTE: I am not encouraging the use of steroids or performance enhancing drugs. They are illegal in many countries and illegal in many sports. Break laws and rules at your own risk.

How healthy is it to be an athlete

Let’s start by talking about the health impact, after all it is the first things people think of when they hear steroids or PEDs other than cheating. The health risk that comes with PEDs is not to be ignored or even taken lightly. However, are athletes really the symbol of health? Well, maybe that’s a tricky way of putting it. You go to a store, pick up a health magazine and see fit and buff people on the cover. Unfortunately, that’s just popular culture and not reality. The reality is that pro (and now many college) athletes train for as long as 5 hours a day (with one or two off days). In some sports it’s common to have two practises in one day (two-a-days). In many sports athletes have a practise session in the morning and a game in the evening. For health benefits, people should train half to one hour a day. Less is not enough and more (such as in the case of athletes) hurts the body in many ways such as weakening the immune system and increasing injuries.

What about sports like football and martial arts/boxing/wrestling? In football you get paid for knocking people down. In the fighting sports you get paid for punching and kicking people, preferably in the face. There is a bonus if you knock them out (which is by the way an automatic concussion). How many jobs out there consider it OK if you get a work related surgery every two, three years; sometimes serious ones too. How many knee surgeries did the hockey star Pavel Bure? He got five on his right knee and two on his left before retiring at the young age (even for a hockey player) of 31. Athletes are not a symbol of health in reality. They are a symbol of future cripples; people with arthritis upon retirement and for many sports, early death.

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  1. Adam
    Posted December 31, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    That’s a really good article. Nothing new here because I’ve taken a massive interest in it over the years, but nonethless a well written article.

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