When used incorrectly, anabolic steroids can cause serious health problems, such as high blood pressure and heart disease, liver damage and cancer, and strokes and blood clots. The use of steroids to improve sports performance is considered cheating and can lead to athletes being penalized or banned from participating in sports. More importantly, the use of performance-enhancing steroids can have serious long-term health consequences. Taking anabolic-androgenic steroids to improve sports performance is prohibited by most sports organizations and is illegal.
Over the past 20 years, more effective law enforcement in the United States has pushed much of the illegal steroid industry to the black market. Why, ethically, does the use of steroids in sports bother us? Medical problems are quite simple. Anabolic Steroid Use Increases Athlete's Chances of Getting Liver Cancer. Heavy or prolonged use can cause psychological and emotional problems, so-called steroid rage.
He went on to say that steroids had no place in high school, but “under proper care and doctor's advice, they could be used at a professional level. Steroids shouldn't be allowed in professional sports, especially soccer, because they cause more injuries. If there is a lot of money to be made, illegal steroid use is simply granted a free pass by everyone involved. They can spend the rest of their lives with a crushed heart, or they can follow that athlete's example and start using steroids themselves.
The side effects listed in the National Center for Biotechnology Information article (a part of the National Institute of Health) are not limited to steroid misuse. The National Football League created its own steroid policy because the use of steroids threatens “the fairness and integrity of sports competition” and “sends the wrong message” to young people who may be tempted to use them. It's a slippery slope between allowing the use of steroids with proper medical supervision and eliminating anti-doping regulations. In a nutshell, professional sports have evolved so much over the years that it makes no sense to directly compare statistics across eras, regardless of steroid use.
A particularly dangerous class of anabolic steroids are so-called synthetic designer drug steroids that have been illicitly created to be undetectable by current drug tests. Steroids should not be used even for medical reasons, because they have a negative effect on the human body. You can talk about personal responsibility until you get sad, but to stop using steroids, you need to do tests. There are hundreds of billions, if not trillions, of USD economic losses associated with crime, but as long as those real accounting revenue streams continue to arrive, and the law does not limit the style of sports, as long as there is no negative reaction from the public, as long as the public continues to show it, they like sports drugged more than they like fair play, then steroids have a place in sports.
In addition, the article we just linked mentions the increased likelihood of side effects when steroids are used more than the recommended dosage, steroids are used in conjunction with other performance-enhancing substances, and counterfeit or contaminated steroids are used. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sosa will be on the ballot next year, and none are expected to win entry because Hall voters have kept out players found guilty or even suspected of using steroids. First of all, athletes who choose not to use steroids have an unfair advantage: most will not be able to compete at the same level as athletes who use steroids. I disagree with the phrase: “Musburger argues that with proper medical supervision, steroids can be healthy.