Now that I have your attention, don’t go running, but I’m posting my school research paper on Steroids, including a bibliography. Being my first research paper, it may not be perfect, but I sure learned a lot and want to share this knowledge. So here it goes….
People hear of steroids all around sports. Almost every day you can find a new Major League Baseball player being caught using these drugs. These players often take these Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED’s) without knowing the consequences. Taking steroids is definitely not worth the risk. Why and how do players take them? What actually are steroids? Why ruin your body, entire career and reputation? Although steroids may improve performance, these drugs have so many physical and psychological effects that have the potential to destroy your body. All of these substances can even be fatal. You should absolutely not take steroids unless prescribed for a medical condition.
What Are Steroids?
The general public doesn’t seem to know what steroids are. Most think they are just drugs that give you enlarged biceps and muscles which is partially true. Steroids do much more than just intense muscle-building. There are two types of steroids, corticoid and anabolic, but they were developed for medical usage only at first.
Corticosteroids aren’t the type to build muscle. These have been used for mostly medical purposes. Most commonly in a football game you’ll see a player go down. A doctor will use a Corticosteroid called Cortisone to treat this injury. Cortisone is used to reduce swelling and inflammation (Philipkoski).
The most common steroids are anabolic steroids (Quinn). If you would have a certain disease like cancer for example, anabolic steroids were invented to help you regain your muscle. Another medical treatment is for late occurring puberty. Sometimes young adults seem to never hit puberty and need a boost in growth. This substance is made of synthetic testosterone (Philipkoski).
What is testosterone? It is the main sex hormone in a man. The reason for the usage of testosterone is because of muscle building. Your bone mass and muscle mass can increase rather rapidly when taking excess amounts of testosterone. Your energy level can be maintained while giving you a great sense of mind or type of “high”(Mandal).
How do Players Take Steroids and Why?
Steroids are extremely addictive. Usually addicts take 100 times more of a dosage than is normally prescribed by doctors. This makes unbelievably successful results at building muscle. Users become extremely addicted and feel confident with their body image, while even obsessing over it.
When people work out, they create micro tears in their muscle fibers. A muscle then regrows, like scar tissue and comes back larger than before. If you use anabolic steroids, this cycle gets faster and better. People can work out more often, as well as get stronger quicker (Philipkoski). Fatigue is delayed, and you feel a sense of absolute great joy. Basically, players take these substances to improve their performance (Quinn).
There are various techniques of taking steroids. Steroids can be ingested by a pill, injected with a needle, and also can be rubbed on your skin with a cream. Another method is called cycling. Cycling is most commonly used with body builders. This form has the individual taking the drug in certain time cycles. Most commonly, they are taken in 6 to 12 week cycles.
Another way is called stacking. You put the substance in to your body by both pill and injection. This isn’t scientifically proven to work, but is meant to double muscle growth. Pyramiding is another common way to take steroids. It is just like cycling, but slightly different. In your first cycle you take a low base dosage. Then each cycle you keep increasing your dosage until you hit a peak. Then you gradually decrease. (“Steroid Users Enjoy Cycling Stacking and Pyramiding”)
Physical Side Effects
The usage of steroids has some disturbing effects on your body. Harsh damage to your liver and kidney can occur. Joints will lose flexibility. Your immune system can become very depleted. If this happens, you are very susceptible to disease and infection. Random nose bleeds, headaches, and stomach aches happen. Your face may have an absolute breakout of acne (“What Steroids Do To a Body”?). Your tendons can rupture. Increased LDL cholesterol, decreased HDL cholesterol will occur. High blood pressure and heart attacks happen because your heart rate can rise. Diseases like cancer, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis can also occur. (Quinn)
There are many sexual side effects that are just horrific. You will have an increased sex drive due to the testosterone increase, but have a decreased sexual performance. Men can actually see breasts start to form. Also, testicles can shrink up (“What Steroids Do To a Body”?).
Usage of steroids can cause an individual to be very paranoid while becoming edgy and impatient. Users can become extremely obsessed with working out, monitoring what they eat, and obsessing on how your body image is. Another common side effect is depression with various mood swings. (“What Steroids Do To a Body?”).
Quitting steroids is no easy task by any means. If you try to just quit and stop right now and there, a feeling of mass withdrawal occurs. You’ll feel fatigue, irritability, a loss of appetite, insomnia, and aggression. Even suicide can happen. Another dangerous type of side effect is severe aggression known as ‘Roid Rage’ (Quinn).
‘Roid Rage’ is a very commonly tied with the aggression factor of steroids. It is commonly referred to as a psychotic episode. The term first appeared in the 1980s; bodybuilders were committing extremely violent crimes (Dhar).
According to various studies, there are obvious connections between testosterone and aggression (Dhar). This doesn’t occur for every case. ‘Roid Rage’ usually occurs in people with previous signs of violent or hostile behavior. Steroids can just put them over the edge and turn them into totally violent criminals. Incidents of violent physical attacks, suicide and murder have all been attributed to “roid rage.”
Cost of Career
Taking steroids to improve your athletic career may eventually be the thing that destroys it. One dose of anabolic steroids can ruin your career. Your entire reputation is shot as well. No one will ever look at you the same.
For example, consider Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. Also, reflect on Barry Bonds, former outfielder of the San Francisco Giants. At one point, I’m sure everyone admired their athletic accomplishments and adored them. Some may have even viewed them as the best of the best. Both, eventually tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs and look at them now. According to Tony Bosch, Alex Rodriguez wanted to start an 800 club. The 800 club is referring to 800 career home runs. Tony Bosch is the man who personally injected him at the biogenesis clinic in Miami. They are viewed as absolute villains now. We should view Barry Bonds as the greatest hitter of all-time, but we see him under a cloud of suspicion. The public hates him. PEDs are keeping him and many other players out of the coveted Hall of Fame.
Steroid usage for anything other than a medical condition should be avoided. The physical side effects are horrific, disgusting, dangerous, and possibly fatal. Psychologically individuals are diminished. Users may end up in jail or even murder someone. Why do you need to ruin your career? Everything can and will be gone. Steroids will ruin your life.
Works Cited with a Bibliography
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Finally, the stage is set for the 108th World Series. The San Francisco Giants versus the Detroit Tigers. The playoffs were exciting and it all comes down to this. We’re in for a wild ride in this series.
The Tigers just DOMINATED the Yankees in a sweep….OH YEAH!!!!!!!! A-Rod got benched the last two games and his career as a Yankee is in jeopardy. The Tigers go in very confident and hopefully not
“cold” from their days off.
The series between the Giants and Cardinals was wild. Going into game 5 it looked like the Cards were strong and getting in the WS easily with a 3-1 lead. The Giants never gave up and won game 5. Then 6…. Hold on, the Giants just tied this things up. The Cardinals are falling apart, what is happening. In game 7 the Giants blew away the Cardinals 9-o! The Giants go into this World Series loaded with momentum and firing on all cylinders.
The best part is that the two teams that I hate the most got eliminated! 🙂
This WS could be one for the ages. Two great well deserving teams are playing and both seem nearly unstoppable right now. Can the Tigers defend the HOT Giants? Will the Giants stay hot and defeat the loaded Tigers offense featuring a Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder duo.
I say Tigers win in 6 games ( as a die hard Brewer Fan, I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for Prince.) It’ll be a very dramatic series and I know I’ll be tuned in.
What’s your take?
Melky Cabrera, left fielder for the San Francisco Giants who was suspended for 50 games -due to elevated Testosterone levels, could sadly win the NL Batting Title.
The cutoff for plate appearances for this batting title is 502
Melky has 501 plate appearances resulting in a batting average of .346
Even thought he is 1 off of the cutoff there is a little sneaky rule. The MLB will just add another at bat which would be 0 for 1. This brings his average from .346 well to a……. .346. So this means he really might win it. How sad would that be, seeing a cheater win a title that he doesn’t deserve and by winning by “manipulating” the stats. That’s C.R.A.P. !!! – Cheaters Ruin All Pride
It was sad to hear that All-Star MVP Melky Cabrera will be suspended for 50 games do to a high amount Testosterone. I was amazed to hear this. I didn’t see this coming. It’s very disappointing to see players cheating. At least he admitted it. “My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have
used,” Cabrera said “I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and I will try to move on with
my life. I am deeply sorry for my mistake and I apologize to my teammates, to
the San Francisco Giants organization, and to the fans for letting them down.” I start to question the raw ability of many players, obviously they are good athletes, but just how good would they do without illegal substances. This was Melky’s best year of his career and now many people, including myself will no longer be a fan of his and question is he that good of a player?
So, how will this affect the Giants playoff run? I say MAJORLY! He was batting .346 11 home runs 60 RBI. This is going to be a giant loss for the Giants. He is one of their top run producers. San Francisco is currently 1 game back from first place and .5 games back in the Wild Card. Melky’s replacement is really going to have to step up.