21 October 2013
Steroids and Athletes
Barry Bonds steps up to the plate awaiting a pitch he could hit from Mike Bacsik on a beautiful tuesday night. With a full count Barry finally gets the pitch he and everyone else was waiting for, he blasts the ball to the deepest part of AT&T Park. Was it his natural talent or was it the steroids he had been taking? Why are most of the top athletes in the world risking their health just to get those big contracts that everyone in professional sports want? The first introduction to performance enhancing drugs was in the 1930’s, by a group of German scientists, where they created a form of ...view middle of the document...
In 1937, the Rockefeller Foundation generously provided financial support for the research on natural compounds, and steroids.
Even though steroids were made using sex hormones, males that use steroids can still suffer from a numerous amount of long and short term effects (Mitchell). For example, men who abuse steroids can find that their sex life isn’t where it should be because they are having problems with their male parts. They will start to see there testicles beginning to shrink, which can lead to sperm count reduction. Testosterone-based hormones are extremely bad for men who eventually want to have children. They actually work almost like a contraceptive. When a man is taking anabolic steroids, it is practically impossible for a man to get their partner pregnant. The abuse of steroids can also lead to the male having erectile dysfunction. Taking steroids can sometimes also lead to pain or difficulty while trying to urinate. Taking performance enhancing drugs can also lead to major heart problems. According to the American Heart Association journal, Long-term anabolic steroid use may weaken the heart more than previously thought and may increase the risk of heart failure (Long-Term). For example, middle-aged weight lifters who took steroids for a couple years showed impaired heart pumping function and would then end up leading to series of heart attacks. Steroid abuse has been tied precisely to harmful effects on cholesterol levels, and a connection is suspected between steroid abuse and an enlarged heart (Long-Term).
The only effect that people really know about is “Roid Rage.” Roid rage is when steroid users display phases of aggression and violent feelings or actions towards people. Users report that they feel good about themselves after or when they are taking steroids. The users can suffer from paranoid jealousy, delusions and horrible judgements that comes from the feeling of being more powerful than the people around them. If users suddenly stopped taking steroids they will most likely become depressed, depending on how long they have been taking steroids (Anabolic). While depressed some people even go as far as committing suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people 15 to 24 years of age, according to U.S. government studies (Steroid).
After leaving the pros, John Rocker stated in an interview with CBS, "Honestly, and this may go against what some people think from an ethical standpoint, I think it was the better game. At the end of the day when people are paying their $80, $120 whatever it may be, to buy their ticket and come watch that game, it’s almost like the circus is in town. They are paid to be entertained. They wanna see some clown throw a fastball 101 mph and some other guy hit it 500 feet. That’s entertainment. You’re paying to be entertained"- John Rocker (Services). This is just stupid, real baseball fans that go to games often already know what to expect from a game. Look...