Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports

Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports
University of Phoenix
COM 120
Maryann Lamer
June 3, 2007

      Those athletes who win are those with the greatest strength, speed on endurance in most professional sports. The mark for an elite player is consistently performing with extraordinary strength, speed or endurance. Strength is determined by two factors: amount of muscle and the ability of nerves to stimulate muscle contraction.
      Most young athletes can tell you that the competitive drive can be fierce, to win. For a number of growing athletes, winning at all costs includes taking performance-enhancing drugs. If they would take the time to learn about the benefits, risks and many unknowns regarding so called performance-enhancing drugs, they may decide the benefits are not worth the risks.
      The Illinois High School Association has approved a list of banned performance-enhancing substances, has made it against association rules for coaches, boosters or school officials to distribute these substances and is considering a plan in which it will conduct random drug tests at finals in various sports. I agree with the IHSA to eliminate performance-enhancing drugs in our playing fields. Unfortunately, they have quite some work to do to achieve this.
      If you are a college bound athlete on an average team, you have little to worry, other than the risks you’re taking by taking these potentially life threatening substances. As a prep athlete your worries in this instance are very few. An international athlete can count on being tested, it is also possible to try to cheat and beat random testing. At $175 per test, it is impossible to test everyone or to test more frequently.
      It all comes down to economy, I am sure the IHSA would do a widespread testing in all sports if it had the money. So, that definitely weekends the overall impact. In conjunction with this, the IHSA is increasing its educational profile on steroids, human growth hormones,...