Athlete steroid use has influenced many young future athletes mind and concept of sportsmanship. Professional athletes are seen to be role models and champions to the young generation. They often copy and follow the footsteps of their sport heroes with regards of their training, attitude and also their diet. What the pros do, they follow. What the pros eat, they follow and how the pros dress up, they will follow. That is why there are so many endorsement deals that worth millions of dollars annually pumped into the industry because they know that if Michael Jordan wears Nike, many young basketball fans will want to wear it too.
The problem is when these heroes have been caught using anabolic steroids. It will definitely influence the young athletes mind some way or another. Athlete steroid use will send a message to the young generation that if you don’t take steroids, you can never be as fast or as strong. There was once a young body builder that mentioned that he would not join the adult body building competition because of steroids. According to him, if you don’t use steroids, you might as well forget about it.
There are many reasons why athlete steroid use has been banned. First of all, it is considered as cheating. In the case of Marion Jones, they only discovered that she has been using performance-enhancing drugs in the Sydney 2004 Olympics. Imagine the victory and glory that she has robbed from the team that came second. I can guarantee you that giving back the gold medal back to the team that came in second is not the same. There are not cheering from the crowd and no welcome party for the champions by the home country.
Just imagine the lost opportunity that the runner team suffers because of athlete steroid use. The lost of endorsement deals and glory is a real pain. Besides the issue of ethical sportsmanship, using steroids is very dangerous and can cause many dangerous side effects. There are many deaths of athlete’s cases that involve steroids. The frequent cases are the ones that involve the substance called ephedrine. We have seen many footballers that collapse during the game because of heart attack and they are linked to ephedrine.
Athlete steroid use should be taken seriously by the authorities to uphold and maintain the standards of the athletic industry.