Fans Aren’t Disgusted.

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One of the next big (sorry, bad choice of words) issues to face schools may well be steroids. If is not bad enough that schools are already responsible for their students’ breakfasts, dental care, and teaching them how to drive- soon we are also going to be responsible for what they are putting in their bodies (make your own joke here).

High school athletes are bound to follow the example that has been set for them by professionals. A student-athlete who is trying to get a college scholarship may take every advantage that they can find.

Parents send their kids to camps, put them on summer traveling teams, and pay for private lessons and coaching- how long until (it probably happens now and I am a little slow) an overzealous parent who wants the son/daughter to earn a college scholarship takes the next step- steroids.

When this happens, the first line of defense is going to be schools and state athletic associations. No surprise here, as schools are often expected to deal with student issues that happen outside of the educational/athletic setting. I Can Hardly Tell That Barry Bonds Put on Weight.

My belief on steroids is that the average American doesn’t really care if their entertainers are using performance enhancing drugs. The fact is, athletes and the sports they play are for our entertainment. The media wants us to be disgusted by athletes/entertainers using steroids, but our behavior shows that we aren’t.

If we were, baseball stadiums wouldn’t be full of families all summer long. If Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were still hitting home runs at a record pace, we would watch. If we were as mortified as the media tells us we are, fans would question the size of their favorite player in all sports (including Pro Wresting- although not really a sport according to some).

It isn’t just sports either. In America, we like our Hollywood action stars to be unusually big and strong. Have you seen pictures of Gov. Schwarzenegger (hope I spelled it right- no time to Google) since he got elected- a little different than when he was as a bodybuilder or in the movies (side note- don’t ever rent Hercules in NewYork).

I don’t blame athletes/entertainers for doing everything possible to maximize their careers. I am not sure I could say no if given the opportunity to enhance my career and make a large (again, bad choice of words) sum of money in a relatively short time. If using steroids would make me a better administrator and allow me to earn $36 million over five years, I think I would at least mull the thought over.

What I am not sure of is- are steroids a terrible thing if used properly under the care of a doctor? Maybe steroids are just so new that the medical community will need time to understand them better and make sure that they are properly used.

I could be completely wrong, but it wouldn’t surprise me that in 20 years, steroids are considered no different than vitamins or supplements.

In the meantime, I am sure they are going to make their way down to our young athletes. For that high school student who wants a college scholarship, all-conference honors, or to just make the varsity team- steroids are going to have a huge (sorry) appeal to them as a quick and easy way to improve as an athlete.

If it truly doesn’t bother us that professional athletes use steroids to gain an advantage, why should we be surprised that our young people may take the same path?

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3 Responses to “Fans Aren’t Disgusted.”

  1. Anonymous
    on Jul 25th, 2007
    @ 5:45 am

    Fans Aren’t Disgusted…They Should Be!

  2. Anonymous
    on Jul 25th, 2007
    @ 5:47 am

    excerpt from above link…

    In adolescents, anabolic steroid abuse can halt bone growth and has been associated with damage to the heart, kidneys, and liver. In males, steroid abuse can lead to impotence, shrunken testicles, and breast enlargement. In females, the drugs’ effects include menstrual irregularities, growth of body hair and loss of scalp hair, a deepened voice, and reduction in breast size. Some of these biological effects are irreversible. Use of anabolic steroids also has been linked to increased and unpredictable levels of aggression in human and animal studies.

  3. Lesley
    on Apr 29th, 2010
    @ 3:15 pm

    Thanks for making me think about steriods in a different light. Maybe they can help more than they harm.

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