No to Steroids and Banned Performance Enhancing Drugs
Ethics in sport: whether you are a professional athlete, training to be
superstar or an amateur you should say no to steroid use and the use of
any other banned performance enhancing drugs. By eating properly,
enough sleep and following your exercise workout program, you can
achieve your goals no matter what level you are or what sport you wish
to be the best at.
We know that steroid use and cheating in sports has been going on for
decades. Athletes will try every means to outperform their competitors.
Even today with all the fairly stringent testing going on, they still
try to defy the odds that they will not be caught! Eventually they
still get caught because we still hear about athletes being caught for
using illegal substances, from baseball to the Olympics and the recent
Common Wealth Games where even a 17 year old got caught. Who knows how
many years this athlete has been taking illegal substances and at what
age this athlete started. It makes me wonder, what adult trainer in
their right mind would give a kid a banned substance to enhance their
performance, give them an unfair edge?
Being on steroids and other illegal performance enhancing drugs (PEDs)
can have a negative effect on your long-term health and especially puts
into question all your prior achievements. Let’s look at
these two issues in more detail.
Questions Your Past Achievements
All your achievements in sport prior to and up to the time you have
caught or admitted to using steroids and PEDs will come into question
and it will cast a black-eye on your reputation. Just look at
baseball. In January 2013 there were no inductees into the Baseball
Hall of Fame even though the list of candidates put up impressive
numbers during their careers! Do you think banned performance enhancing
drugs had something to do with it? Look at cycling and in particular
Lance Armstrong. Worst of all you can
be banned from that sport and lose all your accomplishments. We see
that all the time in the Olympics when athletes lose their medals.
Let’s look at baseball since I am more familiar with that
sport and it has been in the news a lot lately. The same applies to
football, bodybuilding, the Olympics and many other sports.
I am not going to name names of all the baseball players who have
admitted to using steroids, those who have been caught or those still
are in denial that they were on the juice. Considering that they broke
all sorts of home run records and other baseball records, it makes me
wonder, how many home runs would they have hit without artificial aid
or what their batting average, number of hits would really have been if
they played fairly? Will it eventually cost them a place in the
Baseball Hall of Fame or being banned from the sport? Perhaps without
the use of steroids, their careers would still have been very
successful but not as successful as with being on the juice. So a lot
of doubt and questions are often cast on successful athletes who dope
up. Do you want such a black cloud to hang over your name for the rest
of your life? Do you want fans, your peers and the press to forever
question your achievements?
My answer is simple, it is best to play fair. You then know you
didn’t cheat and what you have accomplished is done using
your own talent and hard, honest work.
Negative Effects on Health
In the short term steroids and PEDs may not have an affect on you
health, but in the long-term they may affect your health adversely.
Perhaps in ways we do not know yet. Only a study of long-term steroid
users could answer this question. I have heard it could cause liver and
kidney damage, but how about cancers and mental problems? So are you
willing to take the chance for short-term gain when it can affect your
long-term health and well-being. Again it’s best to take the
natural and honest approach to training for any athletic performance.
Also, providing young people who are still growing with steroids and
banned PEDs is wrong ethically. It seems it happens a lot in sport
still. It makes one wonder why any adult would think of doing this!
To conclude, taking any sort of a banned substance to boost your
athletic performance is wrong ethically, can put into question all your
past performances and achievements, ban you from your sport for life
and worst of all, affect your long-term health. So for athletes and
budding superstars, no matter what age, it’s best to say NO
to steroids and performance enhancing drugs. Hard, honest work will get
you further and you will feel proud of your true accomplishments.