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Steroids Quick Way to the Top Hey wimp was first thing Dan Brown heard his freshman year in high school Needless to say Dan promised himself that was going to be the last time he was ever called a wimp With no girlfriends no starting position on the football team and no confidence Dan was convinced he had finally found the solution with anabolic steroids Dan kept his promise His sophomore year brought not only the desired starting position but also a beautiful cheerleader With the goal of being bigger stronger and faster many teenagers are playing a risky game of chemical roulette Anabolic steroids have a common use in the sport and medical community however there are conflicting views on the use and effect of these drugs on the human body In the book Macho Medicine A History of the Anabolic Steroid William Taylor talks about anabolic steroids or more precisely anabolic constructive metabolism or simply to build and androgenic characteristics that are man like 19 These steroids are concocted synthetically to maximize the anabolic growth effect and minimize the androgenic male characteristics effects Performance drugs have an ancient history The first documented use of performance enhancing drugs dates back to 1860 where swimmers in Amsterdam used anything from strychnine to heroin to gain that competitive edge The first synthetic anabolic steroid was developed in 1953 having a strength building effect five times stronger than the natural hormone male testosterone Although it was soon realized the drug had unwanted side effects it was too late to halt its spread Once drugs of elite athletes competing at the world-class level anabolic steroids are now available to and being used by younger athletes and some teens who are not involved in competitive sports Wright and Cowart 3 Early users were mainly competitors who rely heavily on bulk and strength - bodybuilders weightlifters or football players During the 1970s demand grew as athletes from all
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