Should performance-enhancing drugs be allowed in professional sports?

  • Whats the difference?

    Athletes have always tried/consumed different things in order to try to gain an edge on their competition. Twenty years ago football players would eat steak and mash-potatoes before games thinking that the carbs and protein would help them have energy throughout the game. That was not unfair or cheating. Now we could even look at Gatorade as an example. They have thrived off of athletes desire to be better or more prepared than the competition. There are a few reasons why performance enhancing drugs are not yet legal. One, we do not know all of the side effects of the drugs and it may be dangerous, however if they are legalized then they would be used under closer supervision and there would not be as many accidents. Two, there is already a precedence set in the world of sports and performance enhancing drugs, and three, we believe that it would be unfair. But lets face it, if they were legalized, then everyone would be using them (as if the majority are not already) and it would be just as fair as it is now.

  • All the more better

    Once steroid usage is legalized we will able to see the human limits pushed to the extremes. More homeruns will be hit, more touchdowns will scored, and faster sprint times will be achieved. This benefits both the entertainer and the viewers. According to article on Mehlman argued, “There is nothing fundamentally wrong or ethically objectionable to PEDs.” Players will get more fans and the team will have more sponsors. Also, using steroids is not cheating. Otherwise, using supplements like protein shakes would be cheating too. However, it is not. Steroid is just another supplement that professional sports players should be allowed to use. Cheating is defined by Webster’s dictionary as gaining the upper advantage. This means that every player in a sport should train, work, and eat the same because he should not have the advantage. And that is unrealistic. If they are to be truly equal then the game would be pointless. However, if steroids are legalized the players be on a completely different level we have never seen before. And then it wouldn’t be “cheating’ anymore because no one has the upper advantage. Every player would try to overcome the other competitors. Thus, makes the game more amusing to watch. Performance enhancement drug do not ruin the spirit of the sport. According to an article on ABC news “The spirit of sport embodies excellence, teamwork, fair play, commitment, respect for people and rules, and fun.” And PEDs do not interfere with that.

  • Everyone should be enhanced.

    Professional sports would be much more entertaining if the athletes used enhancements in addition to hard work. With their hard work, they can only get so strong, fast, etc.

    However, there should be enhancement only leagues and non-enhancement only leagues where players compete against others like themselves.

    There would be the normal league, with normal sized players and the enhanced league, where linemen are 6'9 450, receivers have 50+ inch verticals, and running backs run sub 4 second 40s.

  • It increases competition.

    Athletes are professional athletes because they are the best in their field. They are under demand to be the best they can be. WIth our science being as advanced as it is to be able to produce these performance enhancing drugs, I think we should be able to use them. Athletes would be bigger, faster, stronger...

  • In the spirit of competition.

    Consider that an athlete consumed some form of performance enhancing drug, say, steroids. Now, they play a game, say, football. Despite the consumption of 'roids, an opponent beats them. Not only has the athlete consumed a drug in order to enhance skills they fear are not adequate, it has been proven that even with enhancement there is someone even better than they are. Thus, it sheds light on the truly talented players, who are capable of defeating an enhanced opponent.

  • The Goal of Competition

    The goal of competition is to see who is the best of the best in whatever event is being competed in. The winner is the one with the best training, talent, and willpower. The winner shouldn't be the one with the most potent cocktail mix in their system - Promoting cheating for results over working hard would ruin the entire sports community. No longer would athletes be role-models for children. They would be druggies hyped up off of body and mind-jacking steroids and the like.

  • No enhancing drugs!

    I think that performance enhancing drugs should not be used in professional sports because you never see the player's real skill. If a five-year-old used enough enhancing drugs, he could hit it out of the park. Also, it gives the players who do not use drugs an unfair disadvantage, as they will seem not as good.

  • What were sports originally started for?

    Its the competition of who has the best body given to them. If they become chemically enhanced, there is no more level playing ground, and the competition has now become obsolete. Its the battle of the bodies at their most basic level, without unnatural enhancement. If someone gains strength through lifting weight, that is their bodies natural ability to gain muscle mass. Gaining muscle mass though drugs makes a muscle's performance in comparable, because an athlete who doesn't use performance enhancing drugs requires more work done to reach the same level of performance as someone who reaches an equal ground, which is unfair, and eliminates the original premise behind why sports came to be.

  • No no no

    The show and the celebration of human physical achievement is what makes sport enjoyable to the public. The reason people enjoy sport is because it is a demonstration of what other fellow human beings can achieve and what humans can achieve collectively, as a species.
    A spectacle is designed to amaze. It doesn’t need to be human achievement to be amazing (no one would call monster truck driving a sport). So, when humans start taking drugs to improve performance, it is no longer a sport, it is a spectacle, because there is no human physical achievement, but instead a chemical achievement.
    It also becomes a celebration not of human physical achievement, but of human intellectual achievement, of who can design the best drugs. Even with fancy running shoes, we are still celebrating human achievement, which will not happen once you take it to the extreme of allowing drug use.
    This doesn’t benefit athletes in the long run. Athletes won’t be celebrated but scientists will!
    Once some people choose to use drugs to enhance their performance, other athletes have their freedom of choice infringed upon: if they want to succeed they have to take drugs too. Athletes are very driven individuals, who would go to great lengths to achieve their goals. The chance of a gold medal in two years’ time may out-weigh the risks of serious health problems for the rest of their life. We should protect athletes from themselves and not allow anyone to take performance-enhancing drugs. An example of the pressure is cycling. The American Scientific magazine explains: “Game theory highlights why it is rational for professional cyclists to dope: the drugs are extremely effective as well as difficult or impossible to detect; the payoffs for success are high; and as more riders use them, a “clean” rider may become so noncompetitive that he or she risks being cut from the team.”
    Even if performance-enhancing drugs were only legalized for adults, the definition of this varies from country to country, something which would be problematic for sports that are global. Teenage athletes train alongside adult ones and share the same coaches, so many would succumb to the temptation and pressures to use drugs, if these were widely available and effectively endorsed by legalization. Not only are such young athletes unable to make a fully rational, informed choice about drug-taking, the health impacts upon growing bodies would be even worse than for adult users. It would also send a positive message about drug culture in general, making the use of “recreational drugs” with all their accompanying evils more widespread.

  • Its a waste of talent

    P.E.D.S ruin the sports. Athletes work their butts off to get to the top of their game. Doping is just cheating themselves, their teammates, coaches, and everyone involved in the sport. Its unfair to the people who actually work at their game. It's a disgrace to sports, end of discussion.

  • Don't Spoil the Sport

    Performance-enhancing drugs are responsible for many physical and psychological problems. Steroids, for example, can cause muscle injuries, rage, and kidney or liver problems. The professionals who use these steroids are also role models for hundreds of thousands of people. If they take steroids, the people who look up to them think it is ok to do that to their bodies, too.

  • No way should it be allowed!

    Absolutely not. If it becomes legal for performance-enhancing drugs to be used, it will become a race to see who can buff up their body quickest and how. Those athletes who are honest and resist the temptation will not be able to do it for long because of the artificially stronger opponents. People love talented athletes. What's the point if their talent is trumped by drugs?

  • It doesn't show the persons true strength

    It doesn't show their strength and they get a lot better from drugs and so they aren't actually showing what they can really do without drugs so it's sort of like cheating. Also it can lead to health issues and other bad things like that. Say no to any drugs!

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