Are pro athletes “juicing” beneficial?

Anabolic steroids, commonly called “roids,” juice, hype or pump, are powerful prescription drugs. They are controlled substances that people abuse in high doses to boost their athletic performance. Professional sports leagues usually ban their athletes from using these performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in order to make the game fair for everyone.

However, is banning the usage of PEDs actually making the game better? In my opinion, performance enhancing drugs should not be banned and should be allowed in sports on a professional level. By allowing the use of PEDs, it will allow athletes to increase the competitiveness of the game, make the game more enjoyable to watch for audiences, and surprisingly it might actually make the game even more fair.

The use of steroids would allow athletes to be more competitive. When athletes start using steroids, their opponent would want to do the same hoping they could earn the edge over their opponent, they would train even harder and with the help of steroids, they would become stronger and better compared to when they were natural. This would raise the competitiveness of sports.

At the same time the playing ground would all of a sudden become even, athletes would dope regarding the rules, therefore legalizing steroids would actually make the games more fair. Permitting steroids use in professional sports allows all athletes to have a chance to bring the most out of their body and perform the best.

Allowing the usage of steroids in the professional level of sports will also make sports games more enjoyable to watch for the audiences and fans. A huge part of watching sports is witnessing the very peak of human athletic ability, and legalizing performance enhancing drugs would help athletes climb even higher. For instance, in football, players would hit harder; in baseball, pitchers would pitch faster; in bodybuilding, bodybuilders would have more body mass and look leaner and bigger.

All these aspects improve the sport and make it more competitive and enjoyable to watch. Some might argue that taking steroids is going to ruin the athlete’s health. Athletes who compete on a professional level are usually past their growth spurt, the negative impact of steroids on their health would not be significant. Furthermore, once steroids become legal for athletes, there would be organizations doing research on the appropriate dosage each athlete should take. As long as athletes listen to their body and take what they need, the side effects would not be significant.

All in all, steroids usage should be legal for athletes on the professional level in order to increase the competitiveness and to increase the enjoyment of the fans.