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Steriods And Baseball Essay

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Athletes and Steroids

     
     Jose Canseco claims steroids can make an average athlete a super athlete, and make a super athlete incredible. With that statement said, it not only compels pro athletes to use steroids, but teenagers as well. In 2002, NIDA funded a study that asked teen athletes if they ever tried steroids. The study confirmed that 2.5% of 8th graders used it; about 3.5% of 10th graders; and 4% of 12th graders admitted using steroids. The percentage of teens using steroids is on the rise every year and I believe something needs to be done to prevent it from even getting higher.
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If a high school athlete was juiced (taking steroids), there would be an incredible disadvantage to those who aren’t. Don’t get me wrong, there is a disadvantage to those in pro sports too, but many pro athlete’s bodies are more developed and can build and obtain more muscle mass than a 16 year old.
     Barry Bonds used to be my favorite baseball player since I can remember. Until recently all the allegations of him using steroids has altered my thinking. If people accuse Barry of using steroids then they should accuse many others as well. I don’t think gaining 30 pounds of muscle within a few months is typical for athletes. If you look at pictures of athletes from their rookie year compared to 10 years later, it’d be normal to see a noticeable difference in muscle mass. People say that Barry started taking steroids prior to his record year when he cranked out 73 home runs. I think the substances he took were not anabolic steroids. It was some other kind of muscle enhancer that was legal. In Barry’s case, he might have taken steroids to get stronger or he might have taken them to reduce injury. In some cases athletes use steroids to reduce injury, or help them heal faster, or at least that is what they proclaim. I have a hard time seeing only a few big name players needing to deal with all the publicity about steroids, because in reality many athletes use steroids.
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