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gahbage
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Im_always_right
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13 Points

Anabolic steroids should not be allowed for use in professional sports.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 8/15/2008 Category: Sports
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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gahbage

Pro

Said drugs should not be used in sports, for a few reasons.

1) Negative effect on the steroid user

Steroids, as we all know, speed up protein synthesis to enhance performance. However, there are some harmful side effects to using them. They include:

- higher blood pressure
- higher cholesterol levels
- higher risk of heart disease
- liver damage
- premature growth
- testicular cancer
- abnormally large amounts of acne
- breast development in men

This, obviously, is not good for the steroid user. Furthermore, exercising normally can avoid these problems, and regular exercise is better for physical and mental health.

2) Negative impact on children

When children start to get into sports, they normally treat their favorite player as an idol, an image of what they want to be when they grow up. How would they feel if their idol essentially cheated by using drugs so they didn't have to work as hard? Furthermore, what if they decided to use steroids too, because their hero did?

3) Unfair advantage

Most professional athletes work hard every day to stay in shape and sharp at their sport. Why should some players get to skip this hard work that everyone else is doing?

That's all for now.
Im_always_right

Con

Okay this normally isn't my style but I decided to give it a try this time.

If steroids become legal, it would be something anybody else has the option to use, such as a better shoe or style of swimsuit.

The user would know the risks. In order to buy the steriods, what would be wrong in making the person pass a test before getting the drug, that says [s]he knows the risks, and then sign a paper that [s]he understands the risks that could come from it.

People do alot of unhealthy things, some of those people the children look up to. Should every health risk be illegal, because children might look up to the person that takes the risk? Should the military be banned because by joining you have a risk of dying any day, at anytime, and children might want to join? So why should anaboolic steroids be banned?
Debate Round No. 1
gahbage

Pro

"If steroids become legal, it would be something anybody else has the option to use, such as a better shoe or style of swimsuit."

Yeah, but shoes and swimsuits don't mess up your body.

"The user would know the risks."

Professional sports are entertainment, and barely anything (let alone entertainment) should involve such kinds of health risks as liver damage, testicular cancer, etc. The only damage involved should be accidental (such as a broken bone), or intentionally (such as in boxing).

"So why should anaboolic steroids be banned?"

Because they show the kids that you can be like professional athletes without going through the hard work that most of them do. It's like showing kids an easy way out of working for your goal.
Im_always_right

Con

Im_always_right forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
gahbage

Pro

Well, my opponent forfeited, and she only has the final round, so no new arguments. Extend all my points...
Im_always_right

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Im_always_right forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Im_always_right 8 years ago
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Yeah, even thought the votes are for me, I still can't stand when people vote for people who forfeit....
Posted by gahbage 8 years ago
gahbage
Thank you.

True, but I got worried since it sat as a loss for longer than it should've been.
Posted by PoeJoe 8 years ago
PoeJoe
*votes for PRO*

Don't worry. People who vote early often vote just in spite.
Posted by gahbage 8 years ago
gahbage
Um, what the hell is wrong with you voters? Why am I losing?
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