Olympians and Performance-Enhancement Drugs

With the Summer Olympics right around the corner, it only seems natural to be curious as to whether any of these athletes are using performance-enhancement drugs.

According to an article in Psychology Today, it is believed that the majority of Olympian athletes are using steroids to help achieve their athletic goals.

If this is the case, then what are we teaching our young people?

  • Are we sending the message that if you really what to excel in a sport, then you have to take a risk and use steroids?
  • Are we teaching our kids that as long as you win, it’s okay to cheat a little (by taking drugs)?
  • Are we saying that if you make it to the elite status, then the rules don’t apply to you?

One would also wonder that if it is a fact that many of our Olympians are using steroids, then why are so few suspended from the Olympics?

Why are certain participants caught and others aren’t?

For example, Katrin Krabbe, a German track and field athlete, was suspended for four years for manipulating drug testing procedures.  Keep in mind though, they suspected drug use for years.

Whether it’s the Olympics, a professional sport, or a high school sport, drug use among athletes is on the rise.  These athletes are to be role models.  Something has got to change.

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