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A discussion of the characteristics and benefits of steroids

In an act of desperation, Smash turned to steroids. He became irritable, angry, and frustrated. When his mom found out, she approached Coach Taylor, who struggled with how to punish Smash. In the end, Smash missed some important games and had to regain the trust of the most important people in his life.

Players gained a lot of muscles quickly and raced to hit more home runs than their counterparts. This has created much discussion throughout MLB on how to crack down on these players.

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In July 2013, Ryan Braun faced a 65-game suspension for taking performance-enhancing drugs. Shortly thereafter, 12 MLB players accepted a 50-game suspension. Alex Rodriguez faces a 200-game suspension which he is currently appealing for implicating other players.

Radutzky, 2013 So what does a young high school player do when they see this? On one hand, they want to improve their game and know that steroids can increase strength, with harmful side effects. On the other hand, they see their heroes get away with time and time again. This leads to a problem discussed in locker rooms around the nation. When athletes see the positive effects of steroids in the ball park or in the field, the lure can be appealing.

  • It is in some ways similar to weight lifting, but where weightlifting is a dynamic sport, power lifting is a static one;
  • Therefore, it may be advantageous to perform overload exercise at a young age in order to counteract frailty in the elderly.

But the effects can be far-reaching and detrimental to a young athlete. Who is Using Steroids?

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Some steroid use is from young men and women concerned about general body image. In a 2002 National Institute of Drug Abuse study, 2. Girls make up about one-third of all steroid use in high schools.

For many years, athletes have seen increased strength and speed in peers and professionals who use steroids. Indeed, it can be seen as a quick fix. In the Newsweek cover story, Toxic Strength, the authors break down the process. They can improve both endurance helping to workout longer and speed helping to run fasterboth of which can be appealing for someone who is trying to get a college scholarship for sports.

Steroid effects can last decades

How Can Steroids Harm the Body? Steroids can have long-lasting and sometimes irreversible side effects on the body.

  • They also discovered that the shoulder-neck fiber areas were comparable to high-intensity trained athletes and the number of nuclei per fiber was even higher than found in the current steroid-using group;
  • Type IIA is the strongest and fastest, but has the least endurance;
  • This suggests that the steroids still had a clear effect on the muscles in the first group even after a long period with no steroid use;
  • Alex Rodriguez implicated fellow players in doping investigation;
  • This leads to a problem discussed in locker rooms around the nation;
  • If the muscle memory mechanism in humans is similar to what we observe in mice we could be talking about several decades of advantageous effects.

Anabolic steroids have been linked to increased cholesterol, stroke and blood clots, urinary and bowel problems, and problems with the musculoskeletal system. Since steroids are a hormone, much like testosterone, the effects on sex characteristics can be far reaching, causing a kind of hyper-masculinity in young men.

They can also cause male-pattern baldness and shrinking of the testicles. The excess of testosterone can also have feminizing effects on young men, such as breast development. As far as behavior is concerned, anabolic steroids often lead to increased irritability and aggression, sometimes leading to criminal acts such as fighting, burglary, and vandalism. Abuse, 2006 Steroids have also been linked to depression, with some instances of athletes committing suicide. In summary, side effects from anabolic steroid use include: This has been shown to be more effective than just teaching about the negative effects.

Students gain more from a balanced approach to the topic. Both of these programs are peer-led, gender-specific, and help athletes learn about healthy sports nutrition and training. ATLAS If parents or coaches notice both a sharp increase in strength and erratic behavior in a young athlete, they should sit down with the athlete and calmly discuss the situation.

Medication for overcoming steroid use is rare, but can be used in cases to restore hormones. Abuse, 2006 No one wins when a young athlete feels like he or she needs to resort to steroids in order to further their athletic career. Works Cited Abuse, N. Alex Rodriguez implicated fellow players in doping investigation. Retrieved from CBS News: