8) I have met athletes who have experimented with performance enhancing drugs in their prime days they had it all but later in life they have many complications that have led them to living a very poor lifestyle and their reputations ruined. I myself have never used performance enhancers but had been targeted during my athletic career due to the fact that I was always larger and stronger. Parents and opposing coaches would even question my physical stature during high school and was forced to comply with many “random” drug tests. In college I was also subjected to these supposed random drug tests as again my stature proved to be ahead of others.
9) My recommendation to prevent the use of these drugs comes straight from the top. I have had personal contact with a former World’s strongest man competitor and he told myself and a select few of others of the dangers associated with taking the drugs. My source came out and directly stated that these drugs may give you what you want in the beginning but as testing standards become harder and harder to pass you stand to lose more and more as penalties also grow more severe. And as time goes on your body begins to shut down. You will develop shrunken testicles and for those who have seen the movie “Fight Club” you can develop male breasts. All in all we were told that if we liked our bodies and wanted them to for the most part remain normal and last till our old age that we should just avoid these drugs and supposed muscle building substances all together and to focus on hard training and a balanced diet. Steroids to my knowledge are not entirely illegal for use. They are however are illegal when used in competitive sports such as the WIAA, NCAA, and NFL/ professional sports. They carry very heavy fines, suspensions, and if you are found to repeat you face expulsion from the sport entirely.
10) My direct action to combat people using performance enhancers is to show them actual persons who have taken the drugs and now face everyday struggles as their bodies breakdown and eventually shut down. Holding seminars for coaches would be a step in the right direction so coaches no longer try and push performance enhancers on the athletes. In today’s world coaches want the bigger and faster athlete and they want them built fast. Teaching them to develop the athlete naturally will keep the athlete healthier and prevent the team from failing drug tests later during their season. I have seen cases like this. Showing athletes from a young age that hard work does pay off and that cheating does not prevail will help teach the young athlete the benefits of taking special care of their body and to train appropriately and properly. This will save the athletes body and allow the athlete to continue with their athletic career without questions being raised about their training method and if they did so legally or not.
The video listed after this comment gives you a very good idea about the dangers and effects that Anabolic Steroids and EPO give the user. I like this video because it also touches on a few other Performance Enhancers that are not quite as popular but still not worthy as well as a number of good cases where the drugs have been seen or used. This video is loaded with information if you are interested in learning more about performance enhancers.
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