Thursday, December 28, 2006

Steroids: Dangerous, Damaging, Dishonorable

Steroids in professional, college and high school sports are a dishonorable contradiction to the integrity of athleticism that demands character as the heart of competition. Yet some athletes persist in abusing steroids for self-serving hypocrisy that serves as an unfair competitive advantage, which, quite simply, is cheating, unethical, and unjust.

Aside from the moral high ground society must take in regard to steroids, there are physical and mental side effects that demand prevention:
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Bloated Appearances
  • Rapid Weight Gain
  • Clotting Disorders
  • Liver Damage and Cancers
  • Premature Heart Attacks and Strokes
  • Elevated Cholesterol Levels
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Weakened Tendons
  • Depression
  • Delusions
  • Eating Disorders
  • Severe Irritability and Hostile Emotions
  • Premature Halting of Growth in Adolescents
Players, coaches, trainers, parents and doctors need to know about the "Russian Roulette" hazard of abusing anabolic steroids. Education to counteract steroid abuse is critical on the professional, college and high school level. Complimenting this education, implied approval by any individuals associated with sports must be strongly responded to by educational campaigns, testing and serious consequences that serve as a deterrent and punishment. Click here to read more about steroid abuse...

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