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Chemically Wrong Drug Abuse in sport has become a growing problem in todays world and is most likely the quickest growing social problem today The overwhelming majority of athletes I know would do anything and take anything short of killing themselves to improve athletic performance said Harold Connolly 1956 hammer throw champion testifying to the United States Senate Committee in 1973 Donohoe and Johnson 1 You see drugs are not only a problem in big city slums but also in sports For many centuries drugs have played a huge role in sports Roman gladiators would eat mushrooms and seeds that affected the mind They would also drink herbal stimulants so that they would not feel any pain Galas 6-10 However not until 1879 did the term doping first appear in the English dictionary Have you ever wondered when drugs started to play a big role in sports Well in the latter part of the nineteenth century more and more organized and more sophisticated forms of sporting events occurred The reasons for this change to the more traditional forms of sporting can be blamed because of the change in society A huge number of things influenced the change in society For example the new inventions in technology was used to design new equipment for some different kinds of sports There was also the invention of the light which allowed some games to be played at night The improvements in transportation allowed groups of people to travel to other cities and then eventually allowed people to travel internationally and compete in games Soon playing sports became a profession for some of the best players It was no longer something that you did in your free time Taylor 80-86 During the twentieth century sporting activities gradually became a big business Sports events became a source of entertainment and employment Sports have developed into a social institution and to be good in sports has become highly
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