Essay on sports steroids problem

Wroble, Randdal, Gray, Michael, and Rodrigo, Joseph A. “ Anabolic Steroids and Pre-Adolescent Athletes: Prevalence, knowledge and attitudes”. The Sport Journal 2002. Print.
According to this article, the use of steroids to enhance physical performance has been regarded as a serious problem; in terms of health and ethically. This has been the situation for years following the strict rules set against their use. The violation of these rules leads to dire consequences for the athlete in question. If proven guilty of steroid use, he/she may be subject to; suspension or confiscation of medals previously won. This article enables me learn that apart from performance enhancement, steroids may be used for improvement of the general bodily appearance. The article provides information on previous studies showing the root of steroid use to be high school where ignorance and attitude towards steroids are a significant concern.
“ Steroids in Sports. Performance Enhancing Drug and Anabolic Steroid Use in the Ancient World”. Web
This is a website I accessed while looking for information on the origin of steroid use in sporting activities. This website elaborates that steroid use is not something new but familiar to athletes and the society at large. It touches on the modern aspect of steroids through an analysis of its use by medical professionals and scientists to create effective ways of improving athlete performance while at the same time eliminating the risks involved. It provides reliable information on how athletes in ancient Greece and Rome ate a lot of bull and sheep testicles to improve their; speed, strength and muscle size. This connects to modern steroids through the high testosterone content in the testicles as in steroids.
Thorton, Patrick. Sports Law. Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2011. Print.
In this book insight is provided into the impact of steroid use on the lives of athletes and the laws involved. According to Thorton, strict procedures have been adopted by every professional sport to ensure no athlete has an unfair advantage. It is crucial to note that these sports have adopted various monitoring programs and drug testing processes to detect steroid use. An increase in steroid use, in high schools and middle schools, has also been explored, clearly outlining the role of the school and school districts in creating drug policies. The book has effectively explored legal aspect through the role of organizations such as the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Olympic Committee in USA in banning drugs.
“ Negative Effects of Steroids,” 2013 www. e-steroid. com Web.
Most individuals attribute steroid use to unfair competitions. It is however, not limited to use by athletes but can also be used by ordinary society members according to the article. The side effects only occur when they are abused thus have a negative effect on the psychological, physical and emotional wellbeing of an individual. The most evident effects are disturbances and mood swings. The article provides a comprehensive list of the effects; delusional beliefs, hallucinations, mania, loss of libido, and aggressive tendencies. It also considers effects on women; deepening of the voice, reduced breast size, growth of Adam’s apple and other masculine features due to high testosterone levels in the body.
This document focuses on the prevalence of steroid use; not only among professional athletes but also among others. It provides statistics on the extent of steroid impact in high schools between1991-2003; having reached a level of 3. 5%. It explores the challenger in identifying steroid users due to the use of other illegal drugs by students.
Through the information provided in this document, I can explore the techniques of handling the effects of steroids; it provides information in a simple yet comprehensive language and has incorporated the use of visual representation. The visual summarizes all problems caused by steroids. Through the website links provided, I can build on the information I have already obtained.