Over the edge

In the brutal cutthroat world of modern sports where athletes are in demand for excellence, athletes have been forced to find alternative means to improve their performance. Today, athletes often face a choice whether to use drugs to enhance their performance or to accept what could amount to a handicap. It is a choice that carries significant moral consideration, as currently, the use of performance enhancing drugs is banned from Olympic competition. Should athletes be allowed to make the choice of whether or not to use these drugs themselves? Anabolic steroids are a group of drugs used as a chemical short cut to developing a more muscular looking body. They are a synthetic or laboratory made form of the natural male hormone testosterone. Anabolic means tissue building. Many athletes use steroids to build up muscles quickly. In reading the article Over the Edge by Bamberger and Yaeger (1997) they discuss the use of performance enhancing drugs used by Olympians. The authors detailed the widespread and effective use of performance-enhancing drugs used by Olympic athletes in the past decade. It explains how athletes will go to great lengths to do almost anything to gain the competitive edge in these competitions and even risk death by doing so. Now days, it is more likely for one of a teams star player to show up at the beginning of the upcoming season with an extra solid 20 pounds of muscle as a result of taking drugs in the off-season. It goes into great detail about the 2.5 million-dollar effort towards drug testing at the 1996 Olympics games in Atlanta. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) introduced a new piece of equipment, a High-Resolution Mass Spectrometer, for the games. The funny thing was it found five positive tests for anabolic steroids. Were the athletes disqualified? The athletes were not disqualified because the tests might not hold up in court, as the machine was relatively unt…

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