Steroid Usage in Sports Medicine
Everyone knows well the phrase “Victory at all cost.” Especially it is popular in sports competitions. Hard training at full stretch, strict diets, physical activity. What only sportsmen do in order to become better, stronger. In order to win the competition. But some of them think that it is not enough only to train hard. And they start to use steroids. All methods are good after all.
But what are those steroids? Are they that safe for sportsmen and good for their aim – to win competitions?
There are two types of steroids: corticosteroids and anabolic steroids. And while corticosteroids are legal and can be used to regulate of inflammation in the body, anabolic steroids can be legally available only by prescription in order to treat the loss of lean muscle mass. They are synthetic variants of the male hormone testosterone. And like testosterone anabolic steroids take part in growing of the muscles and help the body metabolize ingested proteins. Owing to the steroids, or, as they also called, “roids,” sportsmen get fatigued less and in most of the cases fill euphoria. It helps to make competitions more vivid and to set up new records.
These are pros. But are they really that big if we will compare them with cons? Let’s think about the harm “roids” do. Do not forget that anabolic steroids are officially forbidden. And it is not without purpose.
Sportsmen, who use roids, risk their health and even life. Liver and heart diseases, stroke. In males it also can cause infertility, breast development and severe acne and sacs. In females it leads to deepening of voice, shrinkage of breasts and male-pattern baldness. And we are not talking about such dangerous diseases as cancer.
Also, “Athletes who use steroids can experience withdrawal symptoms when they quit. The symptoms include mood swings, depression, fatigue and irritability, loss of appetite, insomnia, and aggression. Depression can even lead to suicide attempts, if untreated” (Elizabeth Quinn, sports medicine expert, December16, 2014).
So, after all the information was analyzed, it is clear that cons are more serious than pros. The danger sportsmen run is not worthy of any prize.
Elizabeth Quinn December 16, 2014 “Steroids, Anabolic and Androgenic Steroids in Sport”. Retrieved from http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/performanceenhancingdrugs/a/AnabolicSteroid.htm
National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Anabolic Steroids.” Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/men/anabolic-steriods