Drugs in sport is a contentious topic. They range from some of the most important medical treatments to the most damaging ills of society's obsession with winning at all costs. This blog post will explore this controversial subject, providing information on drugs in sport, health risks associated with drugs in sport, and what you can do to help promote drug-free sports.
What are Drugs?
Drugs refers to any substance that alters mood or behaviour (e.g., hormones).
What are classified as bad drugs, or cheating drug?
A bad drug is a drug that has no therapeutic value and therefore no medical rationale for being given to people, or used in competition.
A cheating drug is a drug that enhances a performance beyond its natural ability; enhances or masks the natural performance of another individual.
What are the three categories of drugs?
There are three broad categories of drugs as mentioned above: therapeutic, performance-enhancing (cheating) and recreational.
So lets talk about the one that stands out the most, Steroids, preforming steroids like testosterone.
What are steroids?
Steroids are drugs that contain the hormone testosterone, either to be used therapeutically (in treating a medical condition) or for recreational purposes. In competitive sports, however, they are strictly forbidden.
Steroids refer to several different hormones. Testosterone is the principal male sex hormone responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics in puberty, including muscle growth and body hair.
So the next question is why are they strictly forbidden in sport?
What makes steroids such a major problem is that they can be used to increase muscle mass and strength, as well as improving recovery time after exercise, which in turn increases performance.
They are used by bodybuilders to increase muscle mass and strength. And a 2011 study found that "the most common doping practices among bodybuilders are (i) administration of testosterone and its derivatives for increased strength, (ii) use of insulin-like growth factors to promote muscle recovery from training".
What are the bad side affects of steroids?
The exact side effects of steroids is hard to say because different people have different reactions.
Steroids can cause:
• Gynecomastia (breast growth).
• Dwarfism (shortened limbs).
• Increased risk of prostate cancer.
• Decreased sperm count or quality.
Some users also report an increase in aggression and irritability, while others report a decrease in irritability.
These bad side affects are what makes the use of steroids so dangerous.
They can cause a whole host of serious problems when taken the wrong way, so why do athletes take them? Well, because they think they will help them be better at their sport.
"In this way, steroids are a double-edged sword as the benefits can be great but may come at too high a cost: potential side effects.
Now you know, its up to you on where you want to be morally and physically.
I wish you the best and hope you stay at the top of your game.
Thanks for reading