Testosterone, Anabolic Steroids, and Human growth hormone are the new trend in the sports filed, athletes are doping. What are the enhancement drugs , Why its becoming popular and why it should be banned? Testosterone is produced by both women and men but men produced 10 times more than women. It is male sex hormone, its effect in increasing muscle mass. Anabolic Steroids are derivatives of Testosterone which can be rubbed, injected, or swallowed. The drug was created to help American weightlifters compete with Soviets. Human growth hormone is produced by the gland at the base of the brain.
Its primary function is the maintenance of normal bone development from birth to adulthood. Testosterone, Anabolic steroids, and HGH have their medical uses and can be legally prescribed but they are prohibited when used for Off-Label purposes, such as anti-aging and athletic performance enhancement.
Various methods are being used to detect athletes who misuse supplements. Testosterone is detected by a urine test, but many anabolic steroids are water based so they clear the body in days which makes them hard to detect; therefore testing should be more frequent. HGH is detected by the average amount in a human body, blood test can be preformed but unfortunately blood testing is not yet commercially available, However some officials were expecting one to be for the Beijing Olympics.
Scientists vs Athletes who is ahead in the game of doping Chris Cooper on NPR interview stated that “actually it various but for now science is one step behind.” science being one step behind makes a big difference when athletes are being under the radar, many athletes get busted after years and years of abusing enhancement drugs in the shadow of this problem many experts are developing new techniques to stop athletes doping problem.
The shallowness of the coverage on the latest sports doping by athletes and how doping becoming the issue in every sport. The weakness in the health risk arguments because the risks have not proven to be deterrent, and many athletes are willing to risk their health to win. But, to any great extent, this will be a worthless victory and athletes are using drugs as a dishonest means to win in this way they are neglecting the true meaning of sports integrity A new model has recently revived hope for effective “drug control by moving testing and enforcement from the direct control of the International Olympic Committee and the national governing bodies to the World Anti- Doping Agency and similar organizations at the national level. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, for example, played a central role in uncovering a new synthetic steroid known as THG linked to a California firm catering to Olympic and professional athletes” Thomas Murray.
But the renewed hope will be frustrated unless we can respond effectively to this problem .We have to explain clearly what is wrong with using performance-enhancing drugs in sport.
Young athelets devote their lives to their sport for the opportunity to play against the world’s most gifted and powerful athletes. The difference between two athletes competing may be measured in seconds or inches. A tiny advantage can make all the difference. What if that advantage comes from us ing a performance-enhancing drug? For athletes who want to compete clean, the threat that they may be losing to competitor who is not faster, stronger, or more dedicated, but who take drug to gain an edge.When drugs is banned but some athletes use them anyway the ball is in the cheater court. If we prohibit drugs we owe it to the athletes to detect, and punish who cheat.
Integrity seems like an old-fashioned idea but it is at the heart of who we are and how we live. Performance- enhancing drugs effect the individual athlete’s integrity in two ways. First, if drugs are banned, then choosing not to use them is a test of one’s intergrity. A person of integrity does not behave dishonestly. A person of integrity does not seek to cheat his competitors by methods that give him an illegal advantage.
Second, the concept of integrity implies to be unbroken, and free from corruption. When aan athlete wins by using a performance- enhancing drug, what does that mean for the athlete’s own understanding of what happened? Am I the world’s best? Or was my victory associated by the drug’s effects? The meaning of the fake victory is unknown and deceiving even for the athlete. It is the result of illegally using a banned drug. What makes a victory authentic? What gives sport its meaning and value? We expect the winning athlete to combine extraordinary natural talents with his effort, training, and techniques.
These are all forms of his hard work and talent. Some we are born with talent and some are not. Whatever natural abilities we have must be trained . We achieve this or not through a combination of hard training, physical abilities as we endorse through pain of hard work and when we outsmart our competitors, along with other factors such as good coaching, helpful equipment, and good diets. Natural talents should be respected and preserved for what they are , we should provide a clean and honest environment for athletes to compete in, and prefect their victory.