Professional Athletes Using Performance Enhancing Drugs Term Paper

Professional Athletes Using Performance Enhancing Drugs
The paper examines the issue of athletes using performance enhancing drugs.
# 146935 | 2,640 words | 9 sources | APA | 2010 | CA
Published on Jan 25, 2011 in Sport (History) , Sport (Players) , Medical and Health (Drugs) , Sport (Medicine and Drugs)

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The paper examines a phenomena that it says is an epidemic amongst athletes - the use of performance enhancing drugs in order to improve their overall performance and results. The paper examines the issues surrounding drug usage and relates previous incidents to support the claim that this is an epidemic. The paper then looks at measures taken to combat this epidemic before concluding by presenting possible effects upon future athletes arising from attempts to eradicate the problem.

Table of Contents:
Professional Athletes Using Performance Enhancing Drugs
The Past Issues Surrounding Performance Enhancing Drugs
What Actions were Taken to Address the Issue
How this Could Have an Impact upon Athletes in the Future?

From the Paper:

"Over the last several years, the issue of performance enhancing drugs has been increasingly brought to the forefront. Part of the reason for this is because of revelations from a host of current former and professional athletes who admitted that they were using various performance enhancing drugs (during some of the most critical points of their career). A good example of this can be seen by looking no further, than Mark McGwire admitting that he used performance enhancing drugs during the 1998 season. This is when he would break Roger Maris's record of 61 single home runs in a regular season. Commenting about what took place McGwire would say, "I never knew when, but I always knew this day would come. It's time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected. I wish I had never touched steroids. It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era." ("McGwire Admits Steroid Use," 2010) This is significant, because it shows how throughout professional sport, a host of different athletes have begun using performance enhancing drugs on a regular basis. To fully understand the overall scope of the problem facing professional sports requires: examining the past issues surrounding performance enhancing drugs, what actions were taken to address the issue and how this could have an impact upon athletes in the future. Together, these different elements will provide the greatest insights as to the frequency of usage and how it impacting professional sports."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • How Did We Get Here. (2008). Sports Illustrated. Retrieved from:
  • Lab Raided Powerful New Steroid Found. (2004). Elite Fitness. Retrieved from:
  • McGwire Admits Steroid Use. (2010). Washington Post. Retrieved from:
  • Performance Enhancing Drug. (2010). Medical Dictionary. Retrieved from:

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APA Format

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MLA Format

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