PED use in professional sports
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Doping is when an athlete takes performance enhancing drugs (PED) like human growth hormone (HGH) or steroids for example to enhance performance. I picked this topic because there are many news reports of athletes doping and I wanted to investigate the topic. How can I create a presentation that can prevent people ( mainly athletes) from doping? PEDs are used in every sport because they stimulate muscle tissue strengthening and enhance endurance. However, there are many serious side effects on health from PEDs use that can lead to disease and even death.
Doping is banned in every sport because it is cheating since you gain an advantage over other athletes and it is unfair. Doping is also banned to protect the health of the athlete. For example, in 2012, Lance Armstrong was banned from cycling because of doping and was stripped of all of his tour DE France titles (see Lance Armstrong Doping Chart). Doping has been a problem in every sport since the 1960s. Abusing PEDs can cause acne, high blood pressure, aggression, and weight gain. Also, doping is often done by injection with needles which can possibly lead to spreading HIV/AIDS.
In the 1976 Summer Olympics, the number of doping cases was 1.4 %. Since then, the percent doping cases in the Summer Olympics has decreased to 0.18 % in the 2012 Olympics. In the history of the Winter Olympics, the percent of doping cases has been between 0-1 % between 1968-2010 (see Doping Incidents in Olympics Chart). By comparison 10 % of retired NFL players have taken banned substances according to health day news. The most doping cases have been alleged in cycling. according to CIRC “In one rider’s opinion, 90 percent of TUEs were used for performance-enhancing purposes”. In my opinion, doping is unhealthy and unfair and doping bans protects the integrity of sports and the lives of athletes.
WADA Doping Control Video