Steroids and sport. Dying to win.
The presence of drugs in sport is a worldwide problem. The World Anti Doping Agency is working hard to formulate a plan and strategy that will see all sports and all countries accept its code. There is nothing new about drugs and doping in sport. Even the Ancient Greeks used drugs and herbs derived from natural plants to aid their endurance. In recent decades, however, sport after sport has come under the microscope. From weightlifting to gymnastics, from swimming to athletics serious illegal drug use has been proven. Cheaters get a lot of press coverage. What we obviously need to give them is information about the damage they are doing to their bodies.
Almost every sport has been found to be riddled with banned and dangerous substances. Even today some of our best athletics champions are serving bans for taking prohibited performance enhancing drugs. Their convictions can mean only one thing. Despite the work of national and international bodies, people consider taking drugs to enhance their performance, a risk worth taking. These drugs are not only illegal, they have dangerous side effects. Those who risk taking them are literally ?dying to win'.
Performers at all levels are taking illegal drugs to improve their prowess and ability to win or compete. More worryingly, the ages of those experimenting with steroids is getting lower. Neither is such abuse now restricted to sports. Surveys are showing that teens are now looking to experiment with steroids and similar substances. They are seen as quick, easy ways to get a more powerful and good looking body. The truth for athletes of any age and teens of all ages is shocking. Using steroids in sport is not just killing competition, it may well end up killing you. The message is unequivocal to even those who flirt with steroids to improve their self esteem. Using steroids will screw you up.
Everyone concerned about the increase of steroid use among athletes and young adults...