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should performance enhancing drugs be allowed in proffesinal sports?
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davidkolosa
Jan 03, 2012
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mcoates
Jan 04, 2012
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Quite simply, yes. And why not? If it were regulated and the distribution was controlled, not only would it eliminate the need to buy drugs through the black market, but it would increase the athletes performance. Anabolic steroids are not illegal, they are used in hospitals throughout the United States to treat a variety of illnesses. As with many other prescribed medications, abuse is where many of the health risks come from. If anabolic steroids were administered and distributed to players through hospitals instead of alleyways, the athletes would be safer using them.
Now think about the athletes themselves. They train year round to be in peak physical condition to be able to compete with each other, and, as many have witnessed throughout the history of sports, have performed many incredible feats of human ability. So (considering that the controlled regulation of the substance would play a major role in preventing the health risks attributed to the abuse of the drug) who wouldn't want to watch teams of super-humans compete? These athletes would be stronger and faster, playing their respective sports better than anyone could had thought possible; making the games more incredible to watch, providing more enjoyment for the viewers.


 
mcoates
Jan 05, 2012
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"First off, anabolic steroids are illegal, the only instance they are legal is when a patient needs them."

They are illegal for purchase and possession without a prescription. If they were completely illegal, they wouldn't be used in hospitals to treat patients.
These games have been altered and changed many times since their creation. I'm sure today's football or baseball games only vaguely resemble their counterparts of the past. Performance enchanting drugs are only another step forward in human development.

"So if steroids were legalized in sports, there will be players that will break the rules so they can achieve more fame/money/records whatever it may be."

Obviously there will always be those who try to cheat to gain an advantage. No matter how strict the regulation, some will stop by no means to gain the upper hand. Coaches and players alike cheat in many ways that do not involve performance enhancers. But whether or not steroids are illegal in sports will not change this truth.

"Let me ask you this. If steroids were legalized in sports, Is it fair for the games hall of famers that achieved greatness without using steroids? If steroids were legalized, many records will be broken and you are discrediting the hard work of the many great players that played the game before you."

How is it not fair? The players of the past would still be recognized for their talents and achievements, it would just be considered a different era of the game. Nobody would be discrediting them.

Sports today may be "fine," but you cannot ignore progress. Things will advance and change no matter how hard you fight against the tide.


 
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Jul 02, 2012
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davidkolosa
Jan 03, 2012
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I agree that legalizing performing enhancing drugs is an obsurd thought. One of the reasons performance enhancing drugs are illegal is that they do harm the body. it is in the best interest of the government to protect the players health because they are too young to see the consequences. Besides, these athletes pose as role models too many young kids. Do you want kids walking around pretending to have high pitched voices and pretending they haveboobs? This will encourage the use of steroids for younger kids becuase their favorite athlete is on them. not only will you see a rise in the use of performance enhancing drugs in proffesional players, but in nonproffesional players as well. If performance enhancing drugs were legalized, it would cause all athletes to start using regardless if they want to or not because they will feel that they need to take them just to be able to compete with the other athletes.

 
davidkolosa
Jan 05, 2012
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There are many flaws in your arguement. First off, anabolic steroids are illegal, the only instance they are legal is when a patient needs them. You can't go buy steroids legally. Second of all, just because you say performance enhancing drugs will be regulated does not mean every player will follow the rules. Right now the use of performance enhancing drugs is illegal and you still see players testing positive for them all the time. The most recent being Ryan Braun of the brewers. So if steroids were legalized in sports, there will be players that will break the rules so they can achieve more fame/money/records whatever it may be. Third of all, legalizing steroids will not make the game more fun to watch. Home runs will not be cherished as much as they once were
because they would be greatly common. Let me ask you this. If steroids were legalized in sports, Is it fair for the games hall of famers that achieved greatness without using steroids? If steroids were legalized, many records will be broken and you are discrediting the hard work of the many great players that played the game before you. The game is just fine as it is now. There is no need to add performance enhancing drugs because the cons will greatly outweigh the pros.


 
davidkolosa
Jan 07, 2012
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"They are illegal for purchase and possession without a prescription. If they were completely illegal, they wouldn't be used in hospitals to treat patients". This statement makes you sound like an uneducated 1st grader. There is no such thing as illegal and completely illegal. There is nothing in the U.S. that is completely forbidden in the country or in your words "completely illegal". While certain substances may be illegal to the public, the government or the medical field will still have a use for them. For instance, marijuana is an illegal substance to possess for the public, but doctors are allowed to prescribe it to certain patients that have trouble sleeping. Nuclear bombs are illegal to own by the public but the government still produces them for the safety of our country. They are made illegal to the public so people like YOU can't put their hands on them.

"Obviously there will always be those who try to cheat to gain an advantage. No matter how strict the regulation, some will stop by no means to gain the upper hand. Coaches and players alike cheat in many ways that do not involve performance enhancers. But whether or not steroids are illegal in sports will not change this truth." With this statement you are only making my arguement stronger by saying that players will undoubtedly try to cheat the game even if steroids were legalized. Then, what TRUTH are you talking about?? This is a debate site, not an opimion site. You have to state facts to persuade people. Just by saying that legalizing steroids is the "truth" is not a valid arguement.

"How is it not fair? The players of the past would still be recognized for their talents and achievements, it would just be considered a different era of the game. Nobody would be discrediting them". It is completely unfair because all previous records that were held by previous players will be comletly shattered. That is how you are discrediting their accomplishment because some mediocre player that is supped up on steroids broke thier records. Does that mean that they are better than them? No, they are not better, theyre just on steroids. Now, do you still think they should be allowed in the hall of fame? This new era and old era stuff is unneccessary. It would be impossible to argue who the best players are in the game because you wouldnt be able to compare them. Keeping one home run record rather than an old era and new era home run record is better.

"Sports today may be "fine," but you cannot ignore progress. Things will advance and change no matter how hard you fight against the tide." So you admit that sports may be fine, and yes I CANNOT ignore progress. But games are always progressing without the use of performance enhancing drugs. There are constantly new training methods being developed to make players better. They are still progressing, your saying the game cannot progress unless performance enhancing drugs start being used. Truth of the matter is, records are being broken all the time in todays game and new records are being set constantly. If this doesnt show progress than i dont know what does.




 
oscar
Jan 11, 2012
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Where's the whole idea of competing against one another in a test of physical strength and skill when one's naturally harnessed ability is artificially enhanced? Wouldn't it be more of a competition between drug-producing companies rather than the individual? This sounds more like a method to promote the usage of drugs. Sorry, allow me to correct myself- I should have used the term MISUSE. What is to be happened to the schoolchildren who are actively participating in sport activities, who are now widely exposed to the 'goody' parts of taking drugs, influencing them younger generation and I suppose you get the general idea- due to the greed of sports organizers who are looking into getting a more massive audience (who are expecting a WILDER competition due to the new management), will most likely lead into the destruction of the futures of the younger generation today? Are they to bare the consequences?

 


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