The use of performance enhance like steroids, HGH, EPO, stimulants and B2 antagonist has led to the downfall of many athletes. Why do athletes take these drugs when they know that these drugs could be harmful to their body? Is the reward worth the sacrifice? How does (and/or should) this affect our perceptions of our heroes?( Lackey). Because of performance enhance drugs the world of sport has become dirty, especially track and field, and many deaths and humiliation have occurred. As an athlete I’ve heard of the death and disgrace of many athletes because of the use of these drugs. When another athlete is cheating and getting better in their sport, a times we have a misperception that it’s just natural talent or hard work but later we find out the truth; the truth not only hurt the athlete but other athletes as well, because it’s not fair to us.
Steroids improve performance by increasing testosterone, making you stronger, recovery faster (repair torn muscle, restore muscle) and making you become more aggressive, which can lead to training harder and more competitively, HGH makes recovery faster and boost your immune system and make you grow or rejuvenate you, which means you will feel energetic every day. EPO is what distance runner s train on and live on, it increases you blood volume/hemoglobin so that you can train longer without getting tired. Stimulant basically mimic parts of the brain and body to make you stay focused, aggressive, energetic etc. B2 antagonist (ex. Asthma inhalers) make you breathe easier by putting oxygen into your muscle so you can breathe easier and train longer.
All of these drugs have very negative side effects such as suicidal thoughts, stroke, death etc. Because of the edge these drugs can do athletes take them, the theory is this: why train for a month and run a 5:00 min mile when I can train for a week and run a 4:40 mile. For the past year the anti-doping organization has been and is still trying to prevent the use of performance enhancement drugs buy , but somehow athletes always find a way around it. Nowadays the anti-doping organization is creating new drugs detection machines like gas dermatogonist, blood samples and urine drug screening. They are also doing random drug testing on athletes, on and off season, and if athletes are caught they get a year off participating in their sport. They are making everything illegal nowadays like athletes cannot consume too much caffeine (coffee) because it makes you feel awake and energetic, athletes can’t eat too much beef liver because it increase testosterone, can’t use pre-workout enhancement products like jack 3D, and now they are debating if Creatine should be made illegal because creatine provides a bust of energy and help with recovery too. I don’t think these drugs are supposed to be illegal. Overall I think it will be very hard to stop athletes from using performance enhancement drugs because most of these drugs are produced natural yin the body, like testosterone, HGH, EPO and creatine.
I need to find out why athletes take these drugs when they know that these drugs could be harmful to their body? Is the reward worth the sacrifice? How does (and/or should) this affect our perceptions of our heroes?. I will use the library database, type use of performance enhancement drugs, Google: athletes busted for drugs, tour D France, weight lifting, library database: Arnold swegeneger , cyclopedia: when and how these drugs emerge, newspapers, Olympics and I could also listen to the narration of athletes who have use these drugs.