Austin Pulse
      `In life, when you cheat, you are severely punished and taught a lesson. But in sports, you can get caught cheating and get a small slap on the wrist and a fine, that with the salary that pro athletes, is nothing more than pocket change. The issue of steroids in sports is not a big a deal as it really should be. But the truth is, it’s a problem that needs to be discussed.
Steroids were first invented to help cure diseases. The first testosterone based anabolic steroids were invented by a team scientist led by Adolf Butenandt, a German scientist. He created them to help treat hypogonadism, a testosterone deficiency. But after more experiments with his creation, it was realized that they could help improve a persons athletic abilities.
      Steroids and stimulants have been used as far back as the mid 1800s. The first major incident of steroids in sports was in 1886 with cyclist Arthur Linton who died in the middle of a race in France. The cause of his death was liked to trim ethyl, a stimulant. And from then on steroids have been a constant and ugly part of sports.
      But the reason steroids are a problem isn’t just because steroids improve an athlete’s abilities, it’s because of the health risks. Some of these risks include liver tumors, jaundice, fluid retention, and high blood pressure. And those are just from short term use, the effects of long term use are largely unknown. Some emotional effects of steroids can be; paranoid jealousy, extreme irritability, delusions, and impaired judgment stemming from feelings of invincibility.
      The most staggering use of steroids maybe is the one of major league baseball. Baseball has been at the center of the steroid discussions because of the amount of players that have admitted and supposedly used, also for the way that the MLB has handled all the scandals. One reason that steroids have hit major league baseball so hard is because of all the big name players that have used...