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Goal: Reduce the number of athletes using drugs



The topic I am researching is drug issues in sports. I have been around sports for basically all of my life; my dad is a die-hard Steeler's fan and enjoys lots of other sports as well. This interest in sports spilled over into my head when I was young and has stayed there ever since, so a sports topic was the obvious choice for me to choose.

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There are tons of different drugs out there that athletes use, from alcohol to amphetamines almost all of them have been tried by athletes at some time. The most common drugs used in sports are steroids and human growth hormones. Marijuana, alcohol, and cocaine are other popular drugs used throughout the sports world.

Being a part of sports for such a long time has made me understand what really goes on with so many athletes. The unfortunate reality of drugs in sports is a continuous battle being fought by so many. By continuing to grow in numbers against these practices the number of athletes doing drugs should decrease. That is my goal, to decrease the number of athletes using drugs.









"Social Science on steroids | Feral Librarian." Feral Librarian | Thoughts on research libraries, higher education, other stuff. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2012. <http://chrisbourg.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/social-science-on-steroids/>.


British Olympic medal hope fails drugs test


Doing drugs while being an athlete is one thing, but getting caught in the process is a completely different story. The embarrassment and ridicule is almost like torture for some. Getting caught usually leads to suspensions, fines, loss of sponsors, and sometimes even banishment. This article is a classic case of an athlete being caught. Unfortunately this athlete was preparing for the upcoming summer Olympics in London, England when he was caught. Myroslav Dykun, 29, (Below) is a Greco-Roman wrestler for the British Olympic team.Myroslav-Dykun_2211418b.jpg Dykun failed the British Wrestling team drug test as he tested positive for amphetamines.

This is just another small step in the process of dealing with the drug problems of athletes. Every little step is another win in the fight against drugs in sports. The best part of this bust is that it was actually enforced instead of just getting thrown under the table. Dykun was banned from competing and had his funding stopped.





"BBC Sport - London 2012: GB wrestler Myroslav Dykun fails drugs test." BBC - Homepage. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2012. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/17935720>.





ESPN article details marijuana use by Oregon football players


This article was quite surprising to me. The Oregon football team is in the spotlight for using marijuana. An estimated 40%-60% of the team is involved with using the drug at some point. So how is the situation enforced? It really isn't. The school can only drug test with probable cause due to Oregon law. In the past few years two players, quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and defensive back Cliff Harris, were kicked off the team for arrests which involved marijuana. The Oregon head football coach, Chip Kelly, seems oblivious to what his players do right in front of his own eyes. Some players go to practices, workouts, and even games high on marijuana and somehow don't get caught.
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The 40%-60% figure was doubted by Kelly as he stated that the team wouldn't have been so successful if it were true. That may be true in some cases, but most of the time the players are completely fine with the drug use and don't get any negative effects from it. Former Oregon quarterback Akili Smith stated "Some guys who use marijuana go out and ball because they're relaxed, but if it affects his play, you sit him down and tell him, 'yo, it's not for you". This creates a problem for identifying who is on the drug and who isn't. When the players on the drug are still playing well and the players whose game gets affected aren't using the drug it is nearly impossible for the coach to know whether or not a player is up in the clouds. This is where Oregon should pass the legislature to allow drug tests so the NCAA can test teams like this.

"High Times for Oregon Ducks Football - Yahoo! Sports." Yahoo! Sports - Sports News, Scores, Rumors, Fantasy Games, and more. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2012. <http://sports.yahoo.com/news/high-times-oregon-ducks-football-104000768.html>.



Men’s College Lacrosse Players Use More Drugs Than Other NCAA Athletes — A Lot More


This article is very upsetting to me, as I am playing lacrosse in college. I wasn't that shocked when I read the title of the article because I knew that alcohol and marijuana use was common in college sports. But after reading further I realized that it was a lot more serious. For almost all drugs used in the college sporting environment lacrosse is ranked either first or second for usage for each drug. Drug usage is on the rise for all college sports.
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Since 2005 alcohol increased from 77.5% to 83.1%, cigarettes has increased from 14.6% to 15.5%, marijuana increased from 21.2% to 22.6%, and chewing tobacco increased from 15.7% to 17.4%. The biggest difference between sports is the marijuana usage; 48.5% of lacrosse players use marijuana in comparison with 29.4% of soccer players and 27.7% of wrestlers, while football came in at sixth place and basketball came in at ninth place in the list. Lacrosse players also came in at 9.7% for cocaine and 10.8% for narcotics. The only plus side is that hockey players drink more and golfers smoke more cigarettes than lacrosse players. Also the numbers for steroid and amphetamine use slightly declined for lacrosse players. These numbers are always changing, so we will never know what the true number is, but we can fight it.












"Drug Use Up Among NCAA Athletes, Lacrosse Players Especially | SportsGrid." SportsGrid | Sports | Opinion and News | Ranking and Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2012. <http://www.sportsgrid.com/uncategorized/mens-college-lacrosse-players-use-more-drugs/>.



Darren Campbell says WADA should adopt BOA's life ban for drug cheats


I liked this article a lot because it shows how some current policies are ineffective. When athletes are caught, depending on their age, they will either wait it out to see if they can continue playing after their suspension or retire. It's almost like athletes don't fear getting caught because they know that some team will want to pick them up after they get back. The system is flawed. There should be a lifetime ban for the people who do wrong. There shouldn't be any exceptions I don't care how famous or how rich you are. If you get caught cheating in school you get kicked out, if you do drugs as an athlete and get caught you "take a break" for a little while and then come back. How does that make sense? Cheating is cheating, and athletes should be help responsible for their actions. There is too much leeway, which causes the the athletes not to fear the possibility of getting caught. We need to change in many aspects of drug control in sports.



Dick, Brian, and Birmingham Post. "Darren Campbell says WADA should adopt BOA's life ban for drug cheats - Other Sport - Midlands Sports - Sport - Birmingham Post." Birmingham Post - local news, Birmingham business, guide, politics & more. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2012. <http://www.birminghampost.net/midlands-birmingham-sport/west-midlands-sports/other-sport/2012/05/17/darren-campbell-says-wada-should-adopt-boa-s-life-ban-for-drug-cheats-65233-30984956/>.








Top 10 Sports Figures Whose Careers are Tarnished by Steroids



Steroids may not be the most abused drug by athletes, but it is by far the most popular due to the constant media coverage. Sports teams and officials have cracked down on steroid use because it is, in essence liquid cheating. The drug which originally allowed people to recover after getting beaten up in the previous game or workout, now is highly covered by the media after being abused by so many athletes.
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Whenever you see a player doing exceptionally well compared to the others, your first reaction is "oh well they're probably on steroids", and then the next week they get busted. In this day and age it's hard not to be so judgmental when so many seemingly good athletes really aren't what they seem to be. Shawne Merriman is a perfect example. He was a stand out college football player, and was drafted in the first round. Merriman was the 2005 rookie of the year, but in 2006 tested positive for anabolic steroids. It's so hard to actually like an athlete after they are caught using steroids. Are the benefits really that great? Yeah! some may say, but once you're out of the league and can't walk or move your arms it's kind of hard to understand why you would use steroids. In this case the juice is not worth the squeeze.










Top Tenz. Web. 21 May 2012. <http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-sports-figures-steroids.php>.


This article explains all of the laws and regulations against athletes using drugs that are in place as of now. I couldn't believe how different each athletic association's policies were. Most professional sports aim to help the athletes rather than punish them. This is not an effective policy. If athletes know that if they get caught there won't be a substantial punishment then they don't care, they will continue to do what they want. The majority of players don't get punished at all unless they are repeat offenders or the media has major coverage on the subject.
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No says the Olympics
There should be more punishment, instead of a few game suspension they shouldn't be aloud to play the rest of the season and if the team does well they won't get the championship ring or prize. It is almost a threat if you'd like to think of it that way, but to win a war you have to fight back. The Olympic committee is by far the most proactive and rigorous of all athletic associations. They have a one and done type policy. If you're caught you can't be a part of the Olympic games and that's that.







"Drugs and Testing - Sports Law." Sports Law - Sports Law. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2012. <http://sportslaw.uslegal.com/drugs-and-testing/>.



It's time for everyone to take a stand on the war against drugs in sports. Not only using steroids, but all drugs, especially the ones that go unnoticed by so many. From college sports to the pros there should be more laws and regulations against the use of drugs. The only way to make it possible is to educate lawmakers even more, and show them how much leeway athletes have to escape punishment, and then make repeat offenses.Drugs.jpg If we start educating people at very young ages about the affects of drug use as an athlete, this may create a generation of drug-less athletes. If sports analysts on shows such as Sports Center talk more about the negative affects of drugs in sports whenever an athlete is caught it can sway kids' minds in the opposite direction of drugs.t1_benjohnson.jpg Kids watch TV all the time and look up to famous people, so why not have these types of people educate the youth about the dangers of drugs and being an athlete. Anyone can help at any time, but the sooner the better. This is a fight we can win.




Schuman, Jonah. "How to Prevent Drugs in Sports | eHow.com." eHow | How to Videos, Articles & More - Discover the expert in you. | eHow.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2012. <http://www.ehow.com/how_5148112_prevent-drugs-sports.html>.