S: By Jaland Burton
FC: The Truth About Steroids
1: What Are Steroids? Steroids are synthetic derivatives of testosterone. They can be rubbed, injected, or swallowed into the body. Most athletes prefer to swallow because injected ones can easily be found in a random drug test.
2: Who Originated Steroids? Steroids were originally made in the 1930's by a team of scientists to help men grow that couldn't naturally. It also helped them develop and function during sexual intercourse.
3: Later during World War II, steroids were used to help malnourished American soldiers gain weight and improve their performance. After the war, athletes began to use steroids to help perform better in competitions. Body builders used them in specific to help them compete against Soviets.
4: How Many Athletes Do Steroids? 64 percent of bodybuilders do steroids.
5: " There are rights in wrongs in life, and if it's against the rules, it's cheating to do it. I love sports, but some athletes treat elite sports as if they are life itself. More important than their health, their loved ones, and even their lives." - Wiese Bjornstal (Scientist)
6: Steroids have many short term effects, long term effects, and it also impacts the sports industry in many ways as well.
7: The short term effects of steroids are reduced sperm count, cause | damage to the heart, and they can cause impotence, which is the inability for an individual to successfully have sexual intercourse.
8: The long term effects are jaundice, a case when the skin and eyes turn yellow. | Jaundice can eventually lead to hepatitis, which means small sacs | of blood form in the bloodstream. That can lead to heart attacks in the future.
9: Steroids have impacted the sports industry dramatically. Many athletes have died or have been found guilty of using performance enhancing drugs, also known as steroids. Alex Rodriguez was recently found guilty for taking steroids that were supplied by his cousin. In 2007, former WWE wrestler, Chris Benoit killed his wife and son because he was under the influence of steroids. When he killed them, he took his life at the end by hanging himself. That's a prime example of why people should not take steroids. They don't just have an effect on you, they also affect the people around you. They don't just destroy you physically, they also destroy you mentally. In October of 2007, former track star, Marion Jones admitted to taking steroids during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She was later stripped of the gold medals that she won.
11: Steroids and Baseball More than any sport, baseball has been mostly affected by steroids in the past decade. In 2006, 7 percent of the MLB tested positive for steroids. It's not a big number, but out of the 1,438 players, that is 101 players that take steroids.
12: The Athletes Input on Steroids According to Boston Red Sox player, David Ortiz, every player that takes steroids should be banned from the game for 1 whole year. Ironically, he was later found guilty of taking a banned substance.
13: Young kids in America love to play sports and when they see professional athletes taking steroids, they are tempted to try them. According to school surveys, 4 percent of students say that they have tried steroids atleast once in their lives.
14: Should Steroids Be Legalized? In society, there are many mixed feelings on people that take steroids. For some people, the moral aspect comes into play. When young kids look up to these athletes that are taking steroids, they will think that steroids is the way to go. There are other people that think that steroids should be legalized. They say that athletes are grown up enough to make their own decisions, and if they want to hurt themselves by taking them, let them do it. The short term effects can help you, but in the long run, it will only hurt your body.