Cole Cunningham, Thomas Glenn, and Michael Vasquez
Risk-Enhancing Drugs – Is Winning the Only Thing?
How far would you go to win? The culture of sports revolves around the goal of winning, this mindset forces athlete to take risk; however, does this ideology cause athletes to make bad decisions. One of the biggest issues in sports today is the use of performance-enhancing drugs as a way of “cheating” in order to get an edge on opponents. From the high school level all the way up to the professional level, men and women have been caught using these drugs, which are banned. It is easy to see the positive effects of using these ...view middle of the document...
With this in mind, college athletes such as the ones here at the University of North Texas are even more dedicated and determined to do the best they can in order to make it.
Looking at these athletes as individuals, it is important to keep in mind that they are still college students and have similar values as other college students. While some may focus time on their schoolwork and grades, other college students (and especially athletes that conform to the "jockey" stereotype) also devote a lot of time to non-academic activities such as hanging out, partying, and other typical college activities. In regards to values over sports, a study over the ethics and behavior of college athletes also that as college athletes get older, they tend to show "an increase in professional attitudes associated with participation in sport"(Priest and Krause). Therefore, younger athletes are more prone to make less-professional decisions and are more prone to breaking the rules and using PEDs.
After intensive research, there has been no report of illegal performance enhancing drug use at the University of North Texas. However, as more and more reports of drug-bust coming out in other schools across the nation, it is vital that North Texas athletes resist the pressure to use performance enhancing drugs in order to improve their skills, too. Being in college and growing up with the internet, it feels as though the blog was the best way to address our audience. The blog aims particularly to target athletes of the University of North Texas who, like other athletes across the nation, face pressure to use performance-enhancing drugs. By supplying information and statistics on the argument against using drugs, we feel like this blog is a great way to appeal to these college athletes and influence them against using drugs in sports.
The issue of performance-enhancing drug-use in college sports is a topic of wide context and great national interest. The current rules in the National Collegiate Athletic Association are very well stated in the league's drug policy and are located in the blog. Banned according to classification, the banned drugs are: "anabolic agents; stimulants, alcohol and beta blockers (for rifle only), masking agents such as diuretics, street drugs, peptide hormones and analogues, anti-estrogens and Beta-2 Agonists"(NCAA Drug Testing). This lengthy list of drug classes all pertain to enhancing or altering the performance of the athlete who takes them. Student-athletes, including those at UNT that we are addressing with this blog, can lose one full year of eligibility for the first offense (25 percent of their total eligibility) and are withheld from competition for a full athletic season. A second positive test for street drugs results in another lost year of eligibility and year withheld from competition. A second positive result for PED usage will render the student-athlete permanently ineligible. Even with all of this there is still a gap...