Sports and the spirit of competition have been valued by the human race for centuries. Today, sports are enjoyed globally by millions of people on amateur and professional levels. Unfortunately, the desire to win and exceed in the athletic field has led to the development and use of anabolic steroids. I believe that the use of anabolic steroids should be completely banned in order to ensure the safety of all athletes, to preserve the spirit of honest competition, and to take away the temptation from future athletes to use steroids.
In order to understand the arguments presented against and for the use of anabolic steroids, it must be understood what anabolic steroids are. Anabolic means "tissue-building." Anabolic
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Most proponents of these drugs argue that the use of steroids only presents minimal side effects such as acne. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Anabolic steroids are very dangerous and produce a wide variety of problems for athletes, specifically cardiovascular concerns. Athletes using these steroids are at a greater risk to develop coronary heart disease at an early age because of their increased testosterone secretion. Anabolic steroids also increase the salt and water retention in an athlete which has a "deleterious effect on the cardiovascular system" as well. This means that the athlete's heart has an increased "workload." Another disturbing fact about anabolic steroids is that they are carcinogenic. "The association between anabolic steroid administration and tumor formation, particularly of the liver and kidney, is now firmly established." As if that isn't bad enough, anabolic steroid users may also experience permanent infertility. Obviously, the health risks associated with anabolic steroids are just too serious to ignore (Mottram 72-73).
Despite the health issues associated with steroids, the fact can't be ignored that anabolic steroids are a powerful muscle building, athletic-enhancing agent. A sect of athletes are willing to sacrifice their well-being to excel in their sport, but what these athletes are actually doing is tarnishing the long-standing tradition of honest competition in sports. "Performance aids [i.e.