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Should performance enhancing drugs be legalized in sports through a separate health tested class?

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Started: 7/5/2016 Category: Health
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Not all performance enhancing substances (PEDs) and anabolic steroids (AAS) have proven negative health effects. There are literally 1000s of these substances and the list is growing daily and while it seems it is true many of these substances have evident negative side health effects, when used under medical supervision these can be managed. For example a number of close derivatives of testosterone
are known to cause elevated LDL cholesterol which could warrant combining in relative dosages with other drugs and or supplements proven to decrease LDL buildup. An example of this is omega 3 which is known to reduce LDL cholesterol and reduce triglyceride buildup in the blood. Normally taking in excess of 8000mg of omega 3 on a daily basis could warrant some negative side effects to the human body however in the case of while using steroids this can be appropriate due to countering some of the cholesterol raising effects of AAS.

Drug use does not necessitate a less than ideal state for the human body. We are reaching an age where in 2016 drugs like Metformin are just beginning to be used in healthy people to increase life expectancy by delaying many of the symptoms of the major killers like cancer, heart disease, dementia and more. Clinical studies in mice have already proven the use of this drug to increase the lifespan of otherwise healthy mice by around 40% over and above controls.

The agenda of sport should be to promote an optimal health outcome for the population and drugs when used intelligently it seems in the future will be needed to bring health standards to levels higher than what they are now.

Mandatory health testing in an "enhanced" class of sport would mean this league would be screened for the actual side effects of PED misuse and suspended in the case any abnormalities that could be a flag for health concern. As health is a hey value of sport, athletes should have the right to use drugs to enhance both health and performance however possible. They should not have the right to promote a poor health standard under the name of sport as health is a key value of sport and sport makes no sense without appropriate emphasis on it.

Blood Pressure testing as well as cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL/LDL profiles and liver function tests are just the start of some very basic testing that would be used in AAS users. Other PED health tests would investigate neutrophils, RBC concentrations, hemoglobin, hematrocrit levels, Creatinine, Bilrubin levels and more.

In endurance events it is true many people who are very successful naturally do have elevated RBC concentrations in the blood and this is unfair to others who where not born with the same level of ability towards this particular trait. Legalized blood doping in this case may be a better option for the less genetically gifted to even out the playing field between those who where born with genetic gifts and those who dope. The limiting factor would be the actual concentration of red blood cells that it is actually considered by experts to be healthy to obtain as it is known that extremely high red blood cell concentrations are unhealthy and mandatory health testing could be used to control this. When people exceed the naturally healthy limits of the body through doping they should be banned not due to doping but for violating the health integrity of sport.

PED use, much like tobacco and alcohol use, is a personal choice and should not be a necessity for those who wish to do well in sport. This is why there should always be a natural class for these people. But the data gained from those who do choose to use drugs in sport is extremely useful for advancing medicine. Legalized drug use in sport would warrant state sponsored supply which would reduce the risks of athletes using various substances which are gained from the back market and abolish it. In this way, state sponsored supply would allow the opportunity for surveys from users to be completed regarding the effects of use which could be used by medical researchers to advance medicine at a faster rate.

To choose to be better regardless of if it be by training, expensive coaching, better food or drugs is the right of every athlete. What athletes do not have the right to do is to misrepresent the integrity of sport through poor health standards.

The value and integrity of sport depends not on if drugs are used as a tool to increase the effectiveness of training, but if the necessary health testing and subsequent suspensions and bans are carried out in order to keep the image of sport clean.


The worry of performance enhancing drugs is not just the state of health, but the fairness in the matter. Looking at individual sports, a PED is not used to level the playing field, but to get an advantage over your opponent. If you cannot face someone without using a drug, are you really good enough to do that sport?

Looking at the team sports, it can still be the same concept, unfair advantages. If you're a batter in baseball, and the pitcher is on steroids, how is that supposed to be fair? Some might say that it's not supposed to be fair, but fun. Well, do you think the batter finds it fun when he misses the ball every time?

There are some drugs though, that nobody would know if you're taking or not. If you choose to have an energy drink because you need it, most likely, no one is going to know. But if you need energy that bad, you are not in condition to play sports.
Debate Round No. 1


"If you cannot face someone without using a drug, are you really good enough to do that sport?"

If you can face someone knowing dam well you have a genetic advantage over them how do you bear
beat them knowing they have trained harder than you?

If you want to argue the point purely from the point of view of fairness and unfair-advantages, how do you bear to watch sport knowing it is fact some people will train harder then others and achieve less? Following your logic and that fact should be enough to render sport unbearable to watch.

Sport in its very essence is less than ideal and not fair hence why there are so many different event types for you to choose from to match your body-type. But still, some factors that contribute to an winning athlete are not merited.

The winner is the one with the best combination of financial resources. genetics and hard work. The majority (2/3) of which are not necessarily merited. You cant work hard to get better genetics, you have to deal with what you where dealt and living standards very from socioeconomic background and area, you will need to deal with that too.

As already clearly explained in the initial opening debate, drugs could be used not only to improve health but make sport more fair by way of evening out the field between those who where handed chemical balances needed for winning and those who make up the difference by doping. Now we would be looking at (1/3) potentially non merited factors contributing to a winning athlete and one more step closer to more ethical sports indeed.

Current testing could be targeted at health rather than drugs to keep sport clean.
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