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Every year high school college and professional athletes try to get just a little biggera little stronger and to increase the amount of weights they lift by just a few pounds To achieve these goals athletes often turn to anabolic steroids to aid them in achieving their goals Anabolic steroids are a quick but dangerous way to increase muscle mass and they can carry many risks including some life threatening side affects Years after taking steroids athletes can live to have serious heart problems sterility or possibly not even live all because of foolish decisions they made in the past These potentially fatal drugs are not widely known by young athletes at all because they dont know about the risks that can go along with them In school every student is taught about marijuana cocaineheroin sex liquor and all those other health risks but theyre never taught about rhoids or juice slang words for steroids That should be changed because it is known that student athletes often use steroids not knowing the risks Many times they take the risk because they hear about professional athletes taking steroids But despite their widespread use in sports steroids can have more negative than positive effects on athletes of all types Steroids are chemical substances that can be made naturally by the body or produced synthetically There are many different types of steroids that are used for different things other than just athletes enhancing muscles For example there are types of steroids that can be used by women as birth control pills and other types that are used for menopause treatment Dolan 1986 The abuse of steroids is almost always found to be in the case of athletes and that is the focus of this paper All anabolic steroids are synthetic compounds whose molecular structure is similar to that of the natural male sex hormone testosterone Testosterone affects development of the male body
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