For decades, professional and amateur athletes alike have been pumping their bodies full of dangerous substances to increase their athletic performance. While most leagues outlaw performance-enhancing drugs (PED), their prolific use has caused many to question if doping is even worth policing. Personally, I believe doping should not be permitted in the world of sports to protect the well being of athletes.
An athlete already risks injury anytime they step onto the playing field. By allowing PEDs, professional leagues would basically allow and encourage athletes to damage their own health around the clock. PEDs may help make an athlete stronger, but they take a heavy toll on the body. They have been known to increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and blood clots.
It would also be illogical for professional sports leagues to allow doping when they have worked so hard to protect athletes from on the field danger. The NFL has come under fire for the high concussion rate in football, and PEDs are every bit as dangerous as concussions. If doping were allowed, leagues would begin to see lawsuits coming in from former players at an even more alarming rate. The NFL, or any other league for that matter, would be welcoming a lot of problems somewhere down the road.
In addition, allowing professional athletes to dope would make it more acceptable for amateur athletes. As much as we may not want to admit it, America’s youth looks up to professional athletes. They want to make the pros someday and believe they can do that by emulating their heroes. If doping is allowed in professional sports, it will tempt children to start doping at a young age, which will make it even more likely to damage their health.
Finally, allowing doping would hurt the spirit of the game. Youth athletes can be so obsessed with winning they forget that first and foremost, sports are supposed to be fun while teaching children to live active lifestyles. Winning can be so important to athletes that they do not think about the long-term consequences. If PEDs were legal in professional leagues, it would teach children that winning is more important than their health and well being.