Anabolic Steroids and Female Performance Term Paper by Jessie

Anabolic Steroids and Female Performance
A literature review dealing with the use of anabolic steroids by female athletes.
# 149586 | 1,719 words | 7 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 25, 2011 in Medical and Health (Drugs) , Sport (Medicine and Drugs)

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Anabolic steroids emulate the body's natural production of male hormones, particularly testosterone. They are valued by athletes for their ability to increase muscle density, strength, endurance and speed. This paper provides a literary review to evaluate research studies and major professional publications dealing with the use of anabolic steroids by female athletes. While female athletes may benefit physically, they are at risk of developing potentially serious psychological side effects caused by anabolic steroids. The paper also contends that the majority of studies deal with male athletes, creating a need for further research focusing upon female athletes and their use of anabolic steroids.

Anabolic Steroid Use: Function and Impact
Anabolic Steroid Use and Female Athletes

From the Paper:

"In the Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine and Science, T.D.Fahey (1998) explained the physiological and psychological consequences of anabolic steroid use for athletes. Athletes make seek to take anabolic steroids to promote muscle growth, strength, speed and endurance (Fahey, 1998). These changes are accomplished because anabolic steroids emulate the behavior of the body's natural androgenic hormones, particularly testosterone. These hormones control the body's development, particularly during puberty and adolescence. Androgenic hormones stimulate muscle, bone and red blood cell growth (Fahey, 1998). Each of these physiological elements play a role in physical performance and the consumption of anabolic steroids serves to enhance their growth and development. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alaranta, A., Alaranta, H., Holmila, J., Palmu, P., Pietila, K., Helenius, I. (2006). Self-reported attitudes of elite athletes toward doping: differences between type of sport. International Journal of Sports Medicine 27(10) 842-846.
  • Bower, B., Martin, M. (1999). African American female basketball players: an examination of alcohol and drug behaviors. Journal of American College Health 48(3) 129-133.
  • Fahey, T.D. (1998). Anabolic-androgenic steroids: mechanism of action and effects on performance. In: Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine and Science, T.D.Fahey (Editor). Internet Society for Sport Science:
  • Gruber, A.J., Pope, H.G., Jr. (2000). Psychiatric and medical effects of anabolic-androgenic steroid use in women. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 69, 19-26.
  • Honour, J.W. (1997). Steroid abuse in female athletes. Current opinion in obstetrics and gynecology 9(3) 181-186.

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