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Steroids: an Athlete's Choice
Most athletes are paid outrageous salaries to play sports they have come to perfect, giving their fans what they expect. Most fans want to see athletes with explosive speed, excessive strength, extreme attitudes, and perform beyond the normal athletic ability. Athletes have come to increase these attributes with assistance of performance enhancing drugs, which is acceptable and encouraged by most fans. This day in age many professional athletes have evolved into “super human beings” taking sports into a new era; as history and statistics shows this could be due to the use of performance enhancing drugs. However, steroids have been known to cure certain illnesses but it can also cause many repercussions if used inappropriately.
The History
Steroids have been around for sometime time now, these days steroids have been widely known for its usage in professional sports. History shows that steroids were used as a medical treatment to assist in abnormal growth deficiencies. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy [ONDCP] (2008), steroids were developed in the late 1930’s primarily to treat hypogonadism, a condition in which the testes do not produce sufficient testosterone for normal growth, development, and sexual functioning. Thereafter, scientist discovered steroids enhanced the growth of skeletal muscle in laboratory test animals giving an appeal for humans to intake. By this discovery lead to an outbreak of athletic interest and abuse of steroids of several individuals, mainly bodybuilders, which started to experiment with steroids to get the same results as lab animals did. Eventually steroids were used by professional athletes of all sports.
Steroids became a popular performance enhancing drug in sports due to its result of increasing an individual’s athletic performance. Through time many athletes have changed the…...

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