Monday, May 11, 2009

Discussion question of the week: Steriods vs Implants

I bet you are wondering how those two go together. I did too until I watched 20/20 the other night. John Stossel said “If women can enhance their bodies to win beauty contests, what is the difference with athletes taking performance enhancing drugs to win medals and tropies?” Isn’t that a good question?

There are several side effects for steroids” hair loss, acne, growing of male breasts and the most common – “Roid Rage”. A couple of people who were interviewed on the show said that adults should be allowed to do what they want to their bodies as long as they are not hurting anyone else… Well, if that we true, we wouldn’t have the laws that we do have…

What I thought was funny was when the interviewee was asked if steroids was cheating. He said that he athletes do millions of things to enhance their performance. Tiger Woods was mentioned because he had Lasik eye surgery to improve his vision to 20/15, some professional bikers have said that they sleep in hyperbaric chambers to enhance their bodies and Janet Evans, swimmer, has said that she won her Olympic Gold medal because she was wearing a special greasy swimsuit.

Then, there are those who agree with the rules of “fair play” but do not agree with the government getting involved by telling people what is accepted and what isn’t. Either you follow the rules that are set, or don’t play the game.

So, what are your thoughts?

1 comment:

Saule Wright said...

I personally don't give a shit about steroids in some sports. I think collision sports like American Football, Hockey, Rugby, etc. it's not a good idea. As far as baseball goes, I don't give a shit. Steroids makes you stronger, possibly faster...but it doesn't make you hit a 12-6 curve or pitch more accurately.

Anytime you do anything to "enhance" your abilities, as you've said here, you end up on a slippery slope. We have performance enhancers at our job. We take classes or buy equipment and such to make us perform better at work.