What I Learned

May 22, 2013

Throughout my research in this project I finally came to a conclusion. At first I could not decide if i thought it was necessary or not to have random drug tests for athletes. Now i have decided that i think it should be allowed. Performance Enhancing drugs are cheating. If someone can build muscle without them then everyone else should be able to. If your not willing to work to be the best then you don’t deserve to be the best. Random drug testing would also make it so that athletes are scarred to get caught so they wouldn’t use the drugs. This would prevent their bodies from being harmed and there to be less cheating. So yes I do think random drug testing is acceptable.

Jake Turner sits down and talks with Charles Barkley. Barkley gives his view on performance enhancing drugs and the athletes using them.

Creatine

May 21, 2013

What is Creatine? Creatine is a compound that helps your muscles releases energy. Creatine is found to help make more ATP which helps store energy in cells to give you quick bursts of activity. It helps sprinters and weightlifters. There is no evidence that Creatine helps in aerobic activity or endurance sports. Using Creatine you could face stomach cramps, muscle cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and weight gain.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/performance-enhancing-drugs/HQ01105/NSECTIONGROUP=2

Short term effects-

Acne, Shrunken Testicles, Gynecomastia, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Liver Malfunction, Enlarged Prostate, Balding, Male Characteristics in Women, and aggression.

Long term effects-

HIV, Liver Failure, Cardiovascular Problems, Stunted Growth, Ligament and Joint Injury, Weight Problems, and Neurological Issues.

First Use of Steroids

May 16, 2013

Steroid use goes back to the first Olympics, with attempts to increase testosterone in 776 BC. Ancient athletes would ingest sheep testicles because they new it was a source of testosterone. The sheep testicles were very cheap to buy and did what they needed them to do.The athletes didn’t compete to receive a medal or because they loved the game, they competed for the money. Unfortunately athletes didn’t learn anything from these ancient athletes and are still using performance enhancing drugs.

Many athletes use Percocet, Vicodin, Lortab, and Oxycontin to take away the pain so that they are able to play. The painkillers work to block the pain from the brain and then make the player feel invincible. The problem with these painkillers is that athletes are taking them very often and in sometimes large amounts. After taking these painkillers for a long enough time period your body will start to be immune so you will have to bump up the dosage, which can lead to the possibility of overdose and death.

Drug Testing in the NCAA

On this website you can find the NCAA’s drug testing policy. The NCAA pushes hard for a fair competitive environment for their athletes. They also promote a very drug free atmosphere. 90% of D1 schools, 65% of D2 schools, and 21% of D3 schools conduct their own drug testing in addition to the NCAA’s testing. Drug testing is a very expensive process, the NCAA invests appropriately $4.5 million a year in it.

How Performance Enhancing Drugs Work

In this picture from How Stuff Works it shows and explains how Performance enhancing drugs work. You can see in very detail how different things enhance your performance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvWEkG9AeG8&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Like the video says, drugs and alcohol don’t just affect you on the field. If these drugs are affecting you in the classroom that can affect your playing time on the field. Just think, is it worth it?

Athletes and Drug Abuse

Many athletes are using drugs to enhance their play. They push themselves way beyond what they can handle and it causes harm to them. If athletes would be confident in their abilities and not feel the need to use performance enhancing drugs many would still be able to play the game they love today.