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THE USE OF STEROIDS BY ATHLETES Steroids are drugs that many athletes use to enhance their abilities in sports The use of steroids can be dangerous to both your body and mind The drug also can give athletes unfair advantages which could propel them to victory The use of steroids should not be permitted in any type of sporting event What is a steroid Steroids are a synthetic version of the human hormone testosterone Testosterone stimulates and maintains the male sexual organs It also stimulates the development of bones and muscle promotes skin and hair growth and can influence emotions In males testosterone is produced by the testes and the adrenal gland In the 1930s researchers first developed steroids to rebuild and prevent the breakdown of body tissues from disease The first use of steroids in sports was recorded in 1954 at the world championships in Vienna Austria Snyder 72 Russian weight lifters were using steroids and were merely invincible in their competition against other countries Snyder 72 The US coach asked the Russians how they were accomplishing this and they told him they were given steroids Snyder 72 This started the craze for steroids around the world especially in the United States Snyder 72 Many scientists believe it can increase strength and body size but others believe that using the drug makes you hostile and aggressive which makes you train harder therefore resulting in gained body size and strength Snyder 74 Many people that take them are athletes and people with body image issues Steroids Others such as police officers and bouncers use them because they work in physical fighting environments Steroids The use of steroids may cause many serious mental side effects The drug produces a change in the electroencephalogram an image of the brain activity Macmillan 94 Mood swings are common which are caused
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