They would tell you that making those decisions were the biggest mistakes of their lives, and they would do it all differently had they known that they would have been kicked out of the game they love. When a professional athlete admits to using steroids, the message young athletes hear is not always the one that is intended. I too am for the banishment of steroids in all major sports. Steroid use a multi-faceted ethical dilemma that deserves a true analysis. I think steroids give an unfair advantage and should be banned as well. In football, it could mean that you are able to run faster and hit others harder.
A person consuming steroids may perform better than the honest athlete and that is not right because the dishonest athlete is getting more recognition than the one who truly has talent. When players use steroids, they may argue that it is a personal choice that only affects them, but that inadvertently puts pressure on other players. If medical advertising in the United States is legal and culturally accepted, then what is the ethical concern in the case of sports medicine? Yes, they increase a players performance, but what do they have to show for their accomplishments? Your natural testosterone levels are high enough during that period of your life and the body is not fully developed so taking these substances can do irreversible damage. It is also ethically wrong because not every athlete uses them. I believe that athletes should only rely on their natural abilities and work ethic to compete in sports. I do not think that steroids should be used to give athletes and advantage, but steroids do have benefits. Although it might make sports more exciting for views to watch, it would be a complete fabrication, as none of the athletes would be utilizing any of their natural talent.
This article really reminded me of one of our classroom discussions on too much pride. It went up mildly in the 1990's, and has since either dropped off slightly, or leveled off since 2000. Technology has afforded our generation numerous benefits, including constant access to fast-moving information. If steroids are banned by a league, then using them is cheating. Demand, created by fans 40% more in attendance in 2005 as in 1995 , has brought in the steroid era. Finally, in 1975, the International Olympic Committee imposed a ban on steroids. They are the role models.
For a Major League Baseball player in a financial environment that includes large guaranteed contracts, the ideology is simple: up my performance enough to get a bigger contract. The tremendous draw of glory that can be obtained by steroid use far out ways the consequences that these athletes can grasp. And steroids allow athletes to become that best, but for how long? We can state hundreds of reasons why taking steroids is wrong by any consequential or categorical analysis, but it does not change the fact that fans seem to enjoy the heightened performance that is the offspring of widespread steroid use. These difficult tasks are complicated by the lack of evidence-based standards in a field influenced by the lure of financial gains for multiple parties involved. Decision-making processes in this field can mean the difference between a young player with a long life expectancy and a satisfying career and a former player with a permanent injury or premature dementia. On the other side, I would admit that I have no idea of the pressures and difficulties in being a professional athlete.
So should companies seek to build followings as personal and meaningful as those between sports teams and their fans? Shaub touched on this idea because as I was reading this article, that thought though not exactly word for word was one of my main issues. Put simply, fans love to see easily measurable and observable performance as mentioned by Dr. I feel as though the pressures begin to build on an athlete to perform at unreasonable levels and some chose to take advantage of others by cheating their sport and taking steroids. The answer he received was not surprising, albeit frightening. Fighting to achieve a goal is a great attitude to have, but not when steroids become involved.
These side effects may include growing of breast and shrinking of the testicles thus reducing their sperm count. The topic is of such high concern that Congress has gotten involved. This incident sparked worldwide attention to the extent of anabolic steroid use. Young people tend to underestimate the long term consequences, like those to be considered before taking performance enhancers that could adversely effect health, due to their sense of invulnerability. If a patient and doctor decide that a controlled steroid treatment is the best option for the patient, then such a treatment should certainly be allowed. This being said, I do believe they should be banned from sports. The informed model of decision-making in sports medicine assumes that the athlete is autonomous and can balance the pros and cons of his choices.
When you throw in steroid use, you start to question the athletes integrity and their talent. With a positive genetic screening in hand, what is the role of the team physician? It doesn't matter; it's still cheating and impugning the integrity of the game and the player's accomplishments. I guess one could technically argue that by using steroids there will be better entertainment since balls will be thrown and hit further. The 1998 season was insane because the whole world was watching every at-bat that these two had. I will make my point clear.
Shouldn't it be a place where someone who knows nothing about baseball can learn about its rich history? With the jury , one of my students asked me to blog about steroids. You had mentioned there are three ways sports have evolved and that is the change in equipment, change in the rules, and change in people. It was very frustrating watching all of the users make remarkable gains and push me further and further down the food chain. Although I am against steriod use in professional sports, I think that a lot of people forget that these performance enhancing drugs were not really tested for and even banned until relatively recently. Also, if you have been performing well historically, then the pressure mounts to get back to where you were or even better.