Testosterone Levels in Adolescent Males Analytical Essay by Nicky

Testosterone Levels in Adolescent Males
An exploration of the effects of high testosterone levels in adolescent males and the issue of drug testing.
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The paper provides the history and background of performance-enhancing drugs in sports and discusses the controversy surrounding the drug-testing program of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The paper illustrates how there are serious psychological effects that come from using testosterone or other performance-enhancing drugs. However, the paper highlights the gaps and contradictions in the literature regarding young male adolescents' perceptions of testosterone use and drug testing.

History and Background
The Drug Testing Controversy
The Rights of Adolescent Male Athletes

From the Paper:

"Although many of the current media reports and the increased attention from governing bodies where sports are concerned may seem to imply otherwise, the use of performance-enhancing drugs (generally steroids, and often testosterone) by athletes is not really seen to be a new phenomenon, and many of these steroids have very adverse psychological effects on those that take them (McCabe & Ricciardelli, 2001b). These effects can include aggressiveness, an increase in sexual desire, and an increase in masculine behaviors, as well as hallucinations, sleep disorders, anxiety, confusion, euphoria, and paranoia (McCabe & Ricciardelli, 2001a; McCabe & Ricciardelli, 2003; Kindlundh, Hagekull, Isacson, & Nyberg, 2001). These are all things that can be caused by too much testosterone, and when an adolescent male couples steroids with the already high testosterone levels that he has at that time in his life, the results can be disastrous, because adolescents traditionally have more testosterone in their systems than their older or younger male counterparts."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Diacin, M. J., Parks, J. B., & Allison, P. C. (2003). Voices of male athletes on drug use, drug testing, and the existing order in intercollegiate athletics. Journal of Sport Behavior, 26(1): 1-16
  • Green, G. A., Uryasz, F. D., Petr, T. A., & Bray, C. D. (2001). NCAA study of substance use and abuse habits of college student-athletes. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 11(1), 51-56.
  • Kindlundh, A. M. S., Hagekull, B., Isacson, D. G. L., & Nyberg, F. (2001). Adolescent use of anabolic-androgenic steroids and relations to self reports of social, personality and health aspects. European Journal of Public Health, 11: 322-328.
  • McCabe, M. P., & Ricciardelli, L. A. (2001a). Body image and body change techniques among young adolescent boys. European Eating Disorders Review, 9: 1-13.
  • McCabe, M. P., & Ricciardelli, L. A. (2001b). Parent, peer, and media influences on body image and strategies to both increase and decrease body size among adolescent boys and girls. Adolescence, 36: 225-240.

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